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A career less ordinary

Published 01/06/2011 | 05:00

In an incredible career for club (150 goals in 676 games for Manchester United) and country (14 goals in 66 England games), Paul Scholes has seen it all and done it all.

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10 Premier Leagues (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

2 Champions Leagues (1999, 2008)

3 FA Cups (1996, 1999, 2004)

2 League Cups (2009, 2010)

Fifa Club World Cup (2008)

Intercontinental Cup (1999)

Career highlights

1. England 3-1 Poland, Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley (March 1999)

Hat-trick in Kevin Keegan's first game.

2. Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona, Champions League semi-final, second-leg (April 2008)

Scholes smashes a vicious long-range shot from 25 yards into the top corner (right). United go on to beat Chelsea in the final.

3. Bradford 0-4 Man Utd, Premier Lge (March 2000)

Scores one of the great Premier League goals. He connects with a stunning right-footed volley from edge of area before the ball hits the ground after David Beckham's corner.

What the world's best say

Thierry Henry:

"He knows how to do everything. The best I have seen in the Premiership in the middle of the park."

Zinedine Zidane:

"Scholes is the greatest midfielder of his generation."

Wayne Rooney:

"He's the best I've played with and against."

Cesc Fabregas:

"He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League."

Xavi:

"Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. If he was Spanish maybe he would have been valued more."

Alex Ferguson:

"We are going to miss a truly unbelievable player."

Seeing Red

He was sent off nine times for United and one for England. His worst three:

Everton 1-0 Man Utd, Premier League (April 2005).

Receives a second yellow for a reckless kick on Kevin Kilbane.

Man City 1-0 Man Utd,

FA Cup semi-final (April 2011)

Terrible wild and high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta.

Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg, European Super Cup (August 2008)

Emulated Maradona when he punched Wes Brown's cross into the top corner as United chased an equaliser.

And one that got away:

Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd, Champions League final (May 2009)

Chops down Sergio Busquets. Somehow he only receives a yellow.

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