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Messi Iniesta etc fans of Scholes
It's true that after Barcelona had beaten Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley in the 2011 Champions League final, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Pedro wanted to swap shirts with Paul Scholes. The honour eventually went to Iniesta, apparently after the five Barca stars had drawn lots. Iniesta, like his fellow Spaniards, views Scholes as a midfield pioneer who was ahead of his time in the way he shaped the pattern and pace of play. That's some tribute to the player, and a view shared by many people in the game, not least by Sir Alex Ferguson.