Gerard Pique has played with both Paul Scholes and Xavi, and is in a good position to judge who the better player is.
While Scholes retired in 2013 after a hugely successful career with Manchester United, Barcelona midfielder Xavi is 34 and is heading towards the end of his playing days.
‘Oh, come on, you can’t make me choose!', Barcelona defender Pique told the FourFourTwo magazine. 'Maybe because of the trophies he’s won at international level it’s Xavi, but at a technical level they are both incredible.
'Scholes is one of the best passers I’ve ever seen from a central midfielder, as is Xavi. They’re references for their teams’.
Pique seems to be sitting on the fence and is reluctant to give a definite answer, but many will side with Xavi.
The former Spain international is arguably the best central midfielder of this century and was the man who kept Barcelona ticking during the Pep Guardiola era.
Scholes is a living footballing legend as well, but technically Xavi is better and has better vision.
But maybe Scholes’s game was not always highly praised because of the kind of football that United played under Sir Alex Ferguson and the pace of the Premier League.
Maybe if Scholes had played in La Liga, a league which appreciates technical players, he would have been as much hailed as Xavi.