Andres is the finest example of a midfielder. Cunning, vision, killer pass he had it all. Add to it the trophies he won in his illustrious career.
Scholesy, on the other hand, was more like him. Could dribble his way out of a melee, had superb vision & boy did he have a killer pass !
I dont like to compare between players especially of different generations. And it will be a sin to compare these two. But, put a bullet to my head, and i choose scholes. Reason ?
Premier League opposition. Scholes played against better quality opposition than Andres. Teams in La Liga who went to Nou Camp were mentally defeated before the match. And at their home grounds, they were in damage control. But in the EPL, every team was out to impress & defeating ManUtd was a statement.
How many times have you seen LaLiga teams out to defend for a draw & grab a point ? Rare. How many times have you seen that in EPL ? Most weekends. Its more difficult in the EPL to unlock defences.
Who did Andres supply his passes ? Messi. For a decade. Most of his passes got converted to assists. Who did Scholes pass to ? Cristiano, Cantona, Van Nistelrooy, Rooney. All legends of the game. But none with the goal scoring exploits of Messi. He had too many “chances created” than “assists”. Every point above is relative to your point of view. But the one point which is undebatable is this. GOALS. Scholes has goals. He scored them by his thunderous bolts or late runs into the box.
Last 5minutes of the match. You trust Scholes with the ball at his feet. He is going to find a killer long ball. Or better yet he is going to shoot at the goal. Iniesta ? Nope. He will find Messi in a pocket of space 30yards from the goal. And Messi will produce a moment of magic.
Scholes produced brilliant moments one after the another and adjusted to different strikers in front of him. Andres didnt need to. He had one mesmerizing talent in front of him for a decade. And whole of Barca passed to Messi & waited.
International duty. England failed scholes. Always played out of position & knocked out at the preliminary stages often. Spain on the other hand built a team around Xavi & Andres. .
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