Former Manchester United defender, Jonathan Spector, has picked Paul Scholes over Cristiano Ronaldo as the most talented player he played with.
The American, who gained promotion to United's first team around the same time Ronaldo joined from Sporting Lisbon, believes Scholes, who was a more established first-team member, was a better all-around player than the five-time Balon d'Or winner.
According to the 33-year-old, Ronaldo was in the shadows of the midfielder between 2003 and 2006 when he was at the club.
“I have also been incredibly fortunate to play with some of the best players who have ever played the game — and to learn from them, “ Spector told the Daily Record.
“It would be easy to say the best was Cristiano Ronaldo but, to be honest, I’d have to say, Paul Scholes.
“He was always a step ahead of me but it felt like he was a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch.
“He was incredibly humble too. But that’s something I always found at Manchester United. On my first day, I came out of the reserve changing room and I ran into Ruud van Nistelrooy.
“He came up to me to introduce himself — I was like, ‘I know exactly who you are! I should be introducing myself to you!’ But all the guys at United were like that. They were really down to earth, nice individuals and that’s one of the reasons that club was so successful.”
Spector played just three Premier League games for United before he was loaned to Charlton and then sold to West Ham.
He has 36 caps for the USA men's national team.