ZINEDINE ZIDANE: "My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest of his generation."
MARCELLO LIPPI: "Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team — that is how highly I have always rated him.
"An all-round midfielder with quality and character in abundance."
LAURENT BLANC: "I tell anyone who asks me — Scholes is the best English player."
THIERRY HENRY: "Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Paul Scholes.
"He knows how to do everything, and he is the one who directs the way his team plays. On top of all that, he has indestructible mental strength, and he is a genuine competitor."
PETER SCHMEICHEL: "His reading of the game is unsurpassed. He has the best eye for a pass, for what the play or the game needs at that precise moment, that I have never seen anyone else have.
"He controls and distributes the play and the game better than anyone I have ever seen."