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Xavi Hails Paul Scholes As The Best Midfielder In The Last 15 – 20 Years

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Feb 11, 2011

Spain International and Barcelona Captain Xavi has given a surprising nod to the man he thinks has been the best midfielder in the game over the last 15 – 20 years, Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

via DailyMail

‘Rooney, Scholes, Cesc (Fabregas), Nasri and Giggs,’ he says, adding: ‘I was also a big fan of John Barnes, Chris Waddle and Matt Le Tissier. And although it is a different style, I liked the Paul Ince and Roy Keane partnership Manchester United had. They would have been my team had I moved to England.’

Paul Scholes receives special praise: ‘In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything.’

‘He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.’

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