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Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Paul Scholes started his primary education at the St Mary’s RC Primary School in Langley. At the same time, he started his soccer education with the local side Langley Furrows.
At the age of 14, he joined the youth squad of Manchester United to further continue his soccer education.
In the meantime, he shifted to the Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton. On completion of his high school in 1991, he signed up for Manchester United as a trainee.
Professional Soccer Player (now Retired), Manager, Soccer Club Owner, Television Pundit
- Father – Stewart Scholes
- Mother – Marina Scholes
- Siblings – Joanne Scholes (Sister)
Paul Scholes was represented by Harry Swales during his playing career.
18 – Manchester United
8 – England
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
70 kg or 154 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Paul Scholes had dated
- Claire Froggatt (1989-Present) – Paul Scholes started going out with Claire Froggatt while they were studying in Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton. Claire is rumored to have suffered a miscarriage in 1998. In 1999, they got married in a lavish and private ceremony in Wrexham, which was attended by his Manchester United teammates. They have three children together – Alicia (Daughter), Arron (Son) and Aiden (Son).
Race / Ethnicity
On his mother’s side, he has Irish ancestry.
- Red hair
- Short stature
- Receding hairline
Paul Scholes’ body specification may be –
- Chest – 38 in or 96.5 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 14 in or 35.5 cm
- Waist – 33 in or 84 cm
During his playing career, he had a long-standing endorsement deal with the EA Sports’ FIFA game series.
His other major endorsement deal was with Nike and has been a part of a number of campaigns leading to major international tournaments. He was even a part of the Secret Tournament advert released by Nike before 2002 World Cup starring Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Edgar Davids, Thierry Henry and other soccer stars.
Best Known For
- Being one of the best midfielders of his generation.
- Playing for Manchester United.
- Being one of the most decorated English players.
- His poor disciplinary record
First Soccer Match
Paul Scholes made his Premier League debut for Manchester United against Ipswich Town at Portman Road stadium on September 24, 1994. He scored one goal in a 3-2 away loss.
Scholes made his international debut at his club’s ground Old Trafford against South Africa in 1997 in a 2-1 home friendly win.
On July 16, 2016, Paul Scholes made his Premier Futsal debut for Bengaluru 5s against Kolkata 5s in a 1-1 draw at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium.
- Through balls
- Long shots
- Late surging runs
- Defensive contribution
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance in sports show Match of the Day 2 as himself in just one episode in 2006.
Paul Scholes Favorite Things
- Goal – Volley against Bradford City in 2000
- Player – Frankie Bunn
Source – HubPages.com
Paul Scholes Facts
- Paul Scholes suffered from asthma and was also diagnosed early in his career with Osgood–Schlatter disease, which is a knee problem that is common in young athletes.
- Along with his former Manchester United teammates – Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville, he has 50 percent stake in Salford City club.
- In 2014, he served as a coach with Manchester United backroom staff under his friend Ryan Giggs, who was appointed as an interim boss for four matches.
- During his career, he was often criticized for his poor tackling, which is the reason behind him holding the record for most yellow cards in UEFA Champions League. He was given 32 yellow cards.
- While playing for Manchester United, he won astonishing 25 major trophies including 11 Premier League titles, 2 Champions Leagues and 3 FA cups.
- In 1993, he was a part of the English squad that went on to win UEFA European Under-18 Championship after overcoming Turkey in the tournament final held at Nottingham ground.
- In terms of goals scored, his best season was 2002-2003 season, in which he managed to score 20 goals in all competitions.
- For his superb performances in the center of the field, he was nominated to the English Football Hall of Fame in September 2008.
- One of the disappointments of his playing career was not to play another World cup after having retired prematurely in August 2004.
- In one Christmas event during his teenage years, he was asked to play one of the seven dwarves along with Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and David Beckham.
- During his final term at Langley Catholic High School, he was a part of the team that represented Great Britain National Schools in a soccer tournament.
- Over the course of his career, he has picked 97 yellow cards in Premier League, which puts him on the fourth place in worst offenders list.
- With 718 appearances across all competitions, he is the third on the list of players to have represented Manchester United in most number of matches.
- French legend Zidane called Scholes the toughest opponent he had faced in his career and Spanish midfield wizard called Scholes the best midfielder of his era.
- Scholes is one of the few players, who have retired more than once for one club. He announced his first retirement in May 2011 only to return for the 2012-2013 season.
- Scholes holds the distinction of being the first and last English player to receive red card in an international fixture at the old Wembley Stadium.
- At the end of 1992-1993 season, he was given the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, which is given to best young Manchester United talent.
- Paul Scholes has been included in the end of the season PFA team of the year on two occasions – 2002-2003 and 2006-2007.
- At the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards held to celebrate first decade of the league, he was included in the domestic as well as overall team of the decade.
- In 2012, he was given Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award for his immense performances in the game over the years.
- Paul Scholes isn’t on social media.