Former Liverpool star reveals treasured Scholes shirt

10 January 2011

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has lauded the talents of Manchester United hero Paul Scholes, suggesting the veteran Premier League playmaker would be better appreciated in La Liga.

The World Cup winning star believes Scholes’ desire to remain under the radar in terms of his profile, has perhaps resulted in the Old Trafford legend being underappreciated by opposition supporters, but suggests fans on the continent are fully aware of how good a player the 36-year-old is. 

Alonso admits he managed to swap shirts with the Manchester United star during his career with Liverpool and it is clear the Spaniard’s admiration for his former Premier League counterpart remains undiminished. 

Alonso told FourFourTwo Magazine: “I’ve still got Paul Scholes’ shirt at home, which I swapped with him once.

“When I was at Liverpool he was one of the players I liked most,

“Maybe he’s not valued as much as he should be in England because of the style of football there and because he keeps a low profile.

“Perhaps he would have been more valued in Spain, where midfielders like him form part of the ‘ideal’. He certainly has the talent to have adapted to Spain – or Italy, or Germany, or France," he says.

“Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount.”