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Tales of the ginger ninja
on 29 September 2011
Okay, not great at tackling but Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders England has had for some considerable time, with radar like vision and pin point passing blending with the perfect timing of the run towards the box. The legendary players paying him compliments on the rear of this book show how highly the best players in world football rate the quiet midfielder who let his football do the talking.
Given his reputation for keeping out of the headlines I was eagerly awaiting to see more of his character and views in "My Story" and the book surprised me. It's not the standard biography where he starts talking about his parents and up-bringing and then playing in various school teams until he gets a trial etc etc. Firstly it is packed with photos that Scholes uses as a conversation point as he goes through each of his playing seasons and secondly he mainly sticks to the footballing part of his life - after an introduction we see a few pictures of him as a toddler with a football, but then we launch into his time in the legendary United youth team. Sadly he was the last of that golden generation and his retirement put a full stop on a significant chapter in United's history (Giggs is still playing but was older and not part of the team that featured Scholes, Butt, Neville, Beckham etc).
It works rather well despite being slightly short on narrative (like the man himself), his mischievous sense of humour is very well described with some very funny examples in Fergie's introduction and with quotes from his team-mates that litter the book. It does feel like you are being allowed a peak into deep friendship, camaraderie and banter and the comments give you a real sense of the man and perfectly balance his own cheery narrative. And at the end he shocks us by opening up on his family and sharing some delightful pictures and affectionate comments that give you a true sense of what they mean to him.
So this is a very entertaining book and presents a lively view of a very special footballer. Rather than me summarising this with a trite comment about him being a legend, let me just repeat a quote from Zinedine Zidane that is on the back of the book - "You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get". `Nuff said.