Ryan Giggs reveals the only team-mate who was better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes Paul Scholes is the greatest team-mate he’s ever had even though he also played with Cristiano Ronaldo. Giggs spent six years with Ronaldo at United but believes there was “no other player like” Scholes back in the day.
Both British legends played together for a whopping 18 years at Old Trafford and were part of the 1999 Treble-winning side.
They enjoyed tremendous success during that time with the Red Devils but it wasn’t until Ronaldo joined the club in 2003 when things really picked up as they won six major trophies in three years.
The Wales manager admits that the Juventus star still has tremendous ability but Scholes was one of a kind with skills no one else could replicate.
Giggs told Premier League Productions: "He’s [Scholes] probably the best United player that I played with.
"People always ask 'who’s the best player you’ve played with?' and probably [ability-wise] Cristiano for what he’s gone on to do with Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal but the best United player I played with was Scholesey for all the reasons I’ve just given you.
"There was no other player like him. I felt on my day that I could do what most footballers could do but I could never do what Scholesy did.
"I think when Scholesy first got promoted he was pretty quiet and let his football do the talking but you always wanted to be on Scholesy’s team in possession and usually in games as well.
"As soon as Scholesy got the ball and turned you made a run, he didn’t even need to look. He’d be playing the ball exactly where you’d want it."
Ronaldo’s rise to prominence started at United where he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson and also won his first Ballon d’Or award in 2008.
The Portugal international then went to Real Madrid in 2009 where he netted a staggering 450 goals in 438 appearances at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 35-year-old also won the Ballon d’Or another four times as he led Real to four Champions League triumphs.
Ronaldo now plays for Juventus where he won the Series A last season as well as the 2018 Italian Super Cup.
He has scored 25 goals in 31 appearances this season for Juve, who are second in the Series A table behind Lazio.