Paul Scholes is a professional football player who was born on November 16, 1974 in Salford, England. While studying at the Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton Manchester, he got an opportunity to represent the Great Britain National Schools in Football. Paul Scholes is married to Claire Froggatt and they have three children, Aaron, Alicia and Aiden. Nicknamed ‘Scholesy’, this talented midfielder lives with his family in Saddleworth, Oldham.
In 1997, Paul Scholes made his international debut, when he played for the England national team in a friendly match against South Africa, which his team won (2-1) at Old Trafford. At Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, he netted a goal against Italy in a friendly match on June 4, 1997. Of England’s 4 goals against Moldova in the 1998 World Cup Qualifying game at the Wembley Stadium, Paul Scholes scored one goal. He scored a goal against Tunisia in the 1998 World Cup group match, which helped England to win 2-0.
With Paul Scholes in the squad, England won the Euro 2000 qualification games, 3-1 against Poland and 2-0 against Scotland. Both the matches showcased his good form and unmatched football skills where Paul Scholes scored a hat-trick against Poland and 2 goals against Scotland. Of his 66 international appearances for England, Paul Scholes has netted 14 goals between 1997 and 2004 and retired from international football in August 2004.
Though an ardent fan of the Oldham Athletic club, Paul Scholes started training at the Manchester United club from the age of 14. On September 21, 1994, he made his debut as a senior team member and scored two goals to witness his team win 3-2 against Port Vale in the League Cup. Paul Scholes was an indispensable part of the team, which won the Premiership title, the Football Association (FA) Cup and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League in the 1998-99 season.
Paul Scholes scored an incredible hat-trick against Newcastle United and a brilliant long-shot off the underside of the bar against Everton, which took his total to 20 goals in the 2002-03 season. Marking off his 500th appearance for Manchester United, he was voted “Man of the Match” when his team won 2-0 against Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 22, 2006. With remarkable performances from Paul Scholes, his team bagged the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FA Community Shield and the Premier League title in 2008. Being a best midfielder, he has won the appreciation of football fans and fellow players not just for his game but for his modesty and attitude towards the game. His passion for the game of football and dedication towards his club has kept him in Manchester United, for which he has made more than 500 appearances and scored 139 goals as of the year 2008.
Being a Manchester United player, Paul Scholes has been the Barclays Premiership ‘Player of the Month’ for 3 times (January and December 2003; October 2006). For the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons, he was named in the Paper Football Association (PFA) Premiership Team of the Year.