Manchester United legend has revealed why another one can be considered a class above other talismanic figures.
Cristiano Ronaldo has always been “another level” above the greatest enigmas at Manchester United, says Paul Scholes, with even Eric Cantona having to accept a standing below the Portuguese superstar.
French talisman Cantona helped to open trophy-winning floodgates under,
Sir Alex Ferguson in 1992-93, with his mere presence making the Red Devils a more formidable proposition.
Plenty have filled a similar role at Old Trafford since then.
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Quizzed on the similarities between Cantona and Ronaldo, having played alongside both.
Scholes told Premier League Productions:
“Eric was very similar but Cristiano was still on another level from that.
Eric did go out and practice but he wasn’t so much a gym person.
“Cristiano did all of his practicing before and after training and also made sure,
he was stronger for the Premier League by going into the gym afterwards.
“I’ve never seen a more professional person.
“He was out there all day long, practicing those free kicks, his speed, he was sprinting up hills, he had weights on his ankles.
“He was doing everything that the likes of the British players hadn’t seen.
That wasn’t it, he was in the gym afterwards, just doing everything to prepare himself.”