Scholes was highly regarded for his technical skills, renowned for his accurate passing, intelligent movement and powerful shooting from long range. A quick, well-rounded, tenacious, and versatile box-to-box player, he was capable of playing in any midfield position, often alternating between defensive, offensive, and playmaking roles, due to his stamina, vision, and work-rate, as well as his ability to make attacking runs. He had excellent capacity to read the game due to his tactical intelligence. He was also adept at creating attacking plays after winning back possession, courtesy of his range of distribution. Many of his peers, including Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids, have spoken about their admiration for his talent. Former Brazil international Sócrates was quoted as saying, “He is good enough to play for Brazil. I love to watch Scholes, to see him pass, the boy with the red hair and the red shirt.” Former France and Arsenal captain Thierry Henry said, “Without any doubt the best player in the Premiership has to be Scholes … He knows how to do everything.” When asked about Scholes, Bobby Charlton stated, “Paul is always so in control and pin-point accurate with his passing – a beautiful player to watch,” while Italian manager Marcello Lippi remarked that Scholes is “an all-round midfielder who possesses quality and character in abundance”. BBC football pundit and former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen has described Scholes as “one of the top three to five players to have ever played in the Premier League”, and commented, “His passing, movement and technique set examples to everyone.” Manchester United teammate Nani commented, “He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever seen. He can pass, score goals with his left, right, his head – he can do anything.” In February 2011, Barcelona midfielder Xavi rated Scholes as the best player in his position in the past two decades, stating, “A role model. For me, and I really mean this, he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years. He’s spectacular, he has it all, the last pass, goals, he’s strong, he doesn’t lose the ball, vision. If he’d been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him.” This sentiment was echoed by former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who considered Scholes to be the best midfielder of his generation. The one aspect of his game frequently criticised was his tackling, which was questioned as inept by multiple pundits, fans and Scholes himself. In addition, the potential for malicious intent in some of his tackles has been raised; it has been suggested that he has escaped greater censure due to the admiration that pundits have for him. Many, including Scholes’ national teammates, have recently said that Scholes was one of the few English players capable of “pulling the strings” in midfield, dictating the flow of game where England often have been criticised for being nervous on the ball and giving away possession.