PAUL SCHOLES WAS MANCHESTER UNITED’S TALISMAN IN MIDFIELD. BUT IS HE THE BEST EVER GINGER STAR?
No list of great Premier League midfielders would be complete without Paul Scholes.
He was a wonderful talent, and is a (relatively) rare ginger superstar in the world of football.
But what other fiery-haired players make our list of great ginger players?
The former Scotland and Leeds United hardman kicked and crunched his way onto this list. Was a key part in the great Leeds team of the 1970s, and a brilliant player for his country.
He may have been tiny, but he was a brilliant footballer. He was integral in England’s 1966 World Cup victory and was a decent club player with Everton and Arsenal in his playing days.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE
It may be a little early in his career to include the 25-year-old, but he is undoubtedly the finest ginger player we’ve seen in the Premier League since Paul Scholes left. He’s got everything: goals, assists, power, pace and a spiky head of ginger hair.
A talented midfielder who won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991, played in three World Cups for Yugoslavia and then Croatia, and appeared for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Not only was Oliver Kahn one of the best goalkeepers the 1990s saw, he was also an absolute lunatic. His ability and his personality made him a force to be reckoned with between the sticks for Bayern Munich and Germany.
Here he is at his raging best:
He’s the only real contender to be considered above Paul Scholes. Sammer won the Ballon d’Or, the European Championships with Germany and the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund. It’s no exaggeration to mention Sammer in the same breath as Franz Beckenbauer.
A true mark of Paul Scholes’s greatness is what other professionals say about the diminutive ginger maestro who kept Manchester United’s greatest teams under Sir Alex Ferguson ticking over. Roy Keane even described him as ‘an amazingly gifted player’, with Zinedine Zidane going one step further, saying, ‘Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation.’