Jul 16, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT
Paul Scholes is one of the greatest natural midfielders Manchester United and England have ever produced.
But now he’s up for sale.
But don’t worry, the Manchester United legend hasn’t lost the plot, it’s all for a good cause. The highest bidder will get the chance to play alongside Scholes in a charity game to help pay for renovations to Stalybridge Celtic Juniors’ clubhouse.
For a man who shirked the media spotlight for most of his illustrious career, this noble act by Scholes may go unnoticed internationally. But it’s incredibly cool.
The bidding is going reasonably well with almost $10,000 raised and there’s six days left in the bidding, so if you want to play alongside the ‘Ginger Genius’ find out more info here.
Scholes’ son currently plays for Stalybridge’s Junior team, so there’s the reason why the 38-year-old soccer star is putting his name next to this auction bid.
According to the auction on eBay: “Paul Scholes comes out of retirement to play in the annual Stalybridge Celtic Juniors Coaches vs Dads fundraiser on Friday 26 July, Kick off 7:30pm.” And the auction promised 45 minutes to “play alongside one of the greatest midfielders of a generation.” But it also states that, “Paul may be substituted in the final ten minutes to avoid him getting mobbed for autographs at the final whistle.”
So when will you ever get the chance to say you played alongside one of “Fergie’s Fledglings?” You’re thinking about it, aren’t you.
Scholes played 718 times for Manchester United, scoring 155 goals and accrued 66 caps for England despite retiring from the international scene way back in 2004. Several England managers have tried to make him change his mind since. But to no avail.
Scholes retired (for the second-time after being persuaded to return) in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of United at the end of last season, after playing in every EPL season since the 1994-95 campaign.
The world legend gets banded about too openly in today’s game. But Scholes is a legend.
When so many other player have let fame and fortune get in the way, Scholes has put his family first and stayed out of the spotlight.
Now all he’s asking for is a donation to help his son and his teammates have some new facilities at their aging club.
Not a bad trade off after getting to witness his years of brilliance, right?
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