Paul Scholes calls himself ‘silly t***’ as iconic picture alongside Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, and Wayne Rooney emerges
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Paul Scholes calls himself ‘silly t***’ as iconic picture alongside Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, and Wayne Rooney emerges

Nov 14, 2023

Paul Scholes has revealed his favourite ever picture came during one of his lowest moments of his career.

He had plenty of highlights to choose from, including a wonder goal against Barcelona, a comeback from retirement and the 25 trophies he won at Manchester United.

Scholes played against some of the best players in the world but none of them feature in his favourite photo

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Scholes played against some of the best players in the world but none of them feature in his favourite photoCredit: 2011 Getty Images

Instead, it’s a picture of himself, rain-soaked, at the Principality Stadium.

Not only that, it’s of a game he lost. Defeated by Arsenal.

And to make matters worse, he missed the decisive penalty in the 2005 FA Cup final defeat.

Context doesn’t alway matter, though.

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Not when the image in question sees you stood alongside football royalty.

A legend in his own right, the Red Devils icon is stood at the end of a line.

Next to him is iconic captain Roy Keane, followed by one of the greatest footballer of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wayne Rooney slots in next, then Ryan Giggs, and the line-up was completed by Rio Ferdinand.

Scholes loves being reminded of his favourite picture

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Scholes loves being reminded of his favourite pictureCredit: Instagram – paulscholesaaa

But that selection of superstars couldn’t get past a miserly Arsenal side, drawing 0-0 after extra-time and then losing 5-4 on penalties.

Scholes saw a hard low spot-kick palmed away by Jens Lehmann – but, nonetheless, it gave him a memory to last a lifetime.

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Sharing the image on his Instagram, he said: “My favourite ever pic apart from being the only silly t*** to miss a pen.”

He followed that up with three emojis of monkeys covering their eyes.

We’re sure the 25 other trophies made up for it though.


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