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Paul Scholes was better than Cristiano Ronaldo, says former Manchester United player Jonathan Spector.

Ronaldo joined United in 2003 same with Spector but went to become a world-class player under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese played alongside United icons like Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Scholes. In comparison, Spector left the club after a few seasons going on to play for West Ham, Birmingham City, Orlando City and now he finds himself playing in Scotland for Hibernian.

“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. “It would be easy to say the best was Cristiano Ronaldo but, to be honest, I’d have to say, Paul Scholes," he told Daily Record.

“He was always a step ahead of me, but it felt like he was a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch.”

Scholes, who stepped down as Oldham manager retired at United, Ronaldo’s meteoric rise in Manchester led to him making a world record transfer to Real Madrid in 2009.

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