The Fan Park crew has a look at some of the most humble footballers to have played the game.
What do you know about Paul Scholes apart from his killer passes and his deadly right boot? We at the Fan Park don’t know much about his life outside of football, and this is why we believe Paul Scholes is one of the humblest footballers ever. In 1999, he missed out of the Champions League final due to suspension, and when Manchester United won the dramatic encounter, Scholes didn’t even want to go out on to the field to celebrate! As a player he also hated press conferences and media attention.
Yes, he’s made a few headlines for personal affairs he has been involved in, but Ryan Giggs is another player who always got along with business on the park, without revealing too much of his private life. He wasn’t ever caught up in the hype of being one of the best left-wingers in the world, but to be fair, if he was, Fergie would’ve been there to guide him.
There are different types of humble, and this skilful Brazilian definitely demonstrated that. He knew he had the talent and tricks to beat his man, but he did this all with a smile. He’d laugh off bad decisions in a joking manner, and would present teammates with his pearly whites after they failed to find his feet. He provided the fans with endless entertainment and he is certainly a player that we miss watching in his peak.
How would you handle four Ballon d’Ors? We don’t believe anybody could handle the limelight as well as this Argentine has over the years. With his goal-scoring records, club trophies and personal achievements, it’s hard to believe that Lionel Messi has remained so relaxed and quiet despite his fame and success.
The Brazilian scored over 1000 goals in his professional career and he’s certainly one of the best players to have ever played the game. Pele came from humble beginnings in Brazil, and fulfilled his childhood dreams in the most respectable of manners. Now aged 74, Pele is involved with many foundations where he stands for anti-racism and a general betterment of society.
Can you name any other humble footballers that have stood out for you? Have your say in the comments section below.