Scholes' legendary ability even impressed Cristiano Ronaldo when he was in training at Manchester United, with the five time Ballon d'Or winner once reportedly saying, "When we were in training, I used to do a lot of tricks which hardly any players at the club could do," Ronaldo said.
"Once i was showing my skills to Scholes. After I finished it, Scholes took the ball and pointed to a tree which was about 50m from where we were standing. He said: 'I'm going to hit it in one shot.'
"He kicked and hit the tree. He asked me to do the same; I kicked about 10 times, but still couldn't hit it, with that accuracy. He smiled and left."
Even without Ronaldo's apocryphal tale, there is plenty of evidence to show how accurate Scholes was with the ball at his feet.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Scholes was giving an interview to Paddy Power when some pesky 'passers by' were making too much noise, to shut them up the former England midfielder pinged the ball at them.
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Of course the very real 'passers by' might have been planted but Scholes doesn't miss until right at the end when he says 'Rooney can deal with Costa Rica.'
The people of course are there to represent England's opponents from the World Cup 2014 in the groups and things certainly didn't go according to plan.
Roy Hodgson's side lost to Italy and Uruguay in their opening games, meaning they were knocked out before even playing against Costa Rica, with the final game ending 0-0.
At least when Scholes was in the England team his teammates could just stand and appreciate his brilliance, as Kieron Dyer once explained.
Talking about his time in the national side, Dyer said, "When you talk about Gerrard, Lampard and Scholes, Scholes was the best of the three and yet he was asked to give way," he said in his book.
"He was the absolute master of one touch in training. One day he scored three or four goals - and I'm not talking tap-ins. I'm talking 25-yarders-lodging-in-the-stanchion-type goals.
"When the session was over, the rest of the England players formed a guard of honour and clapped him off the pitch. I'd never seen that before and I never saw it again."
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