Goodbye for good: Paul Scholes announces Manchester United retirement for a second time
Paul Scholes has announced that he will be retiring for a second time at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on glittering career.
The midfielder, who will be playing against Swansea later this afternoon , hung up his boots at the end of the 2010-11 season, but made a shock comeback midway through the next campaign.
But the 38-year-old will bow out in the next week, though not before picking up his 11th Premier League medal.
"Yes, I am finally hanging up my boots for good!" Scholes said."Playing football is all I have ever wanted to do, and so to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United, under the greatest manager of all time, has been an honour.
"The team has the right balance and will continue to thrive under the leadership of David Moyes.”
And Sir Alex Ferguson, who will also be leaving the club, added: “Paul is a truly unbelievable player. He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years.
"Paul will play at Old Trafford on Sunday against Swansea and will collect an unbelievable but well-deserved 11th Premier League medal."
Scholes made his Premier League debut against Ipswich in September 1994, and will have made 498 league appearances after playing today.
He retired from international football in 2004, having won 66 caps for his country.
Paul Scholes career in picturesView gallery
1974: Born Salford, November 16.
1991: Signs for Manchester United as a trainee.
1992: Helps United win FA Youth Cup.
1993: Signs professional forms with United.
1994-95: Makes Premier League debut on September 24 against Ipswich.
1995-96: Scores 10 goals as the Red Devils win the Premier League and FA Cup double.
1996-97: Hits three goals in 24 league appearances as United retain the Premier League title.
1997: May 9 - Called into the England squad by Glenn Hoddle.
May 24 - Makes his international debut as a substitute against South Africa.
June 4 - Plays for England in Le Tournoi, scoring on his first start against Italy.
Young man: Paul Scholes of England Under-18 in action during the UEFA Under-18 European Championships in 1993
1998: May - Selected for England's World Cup squad.June - Scores second goal as England win opening match of finals 2-0 versus Tunisia.
1999: May - United complete a historic treble of European Cup, Premier League and FA Cup but Scholes misses the European Cup final triumph over Bayern Munich through suspension.June - Sent off in 0-0 draw against Sweden in Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley.
2000: December - Criticises the appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson as England coach, saying: "It's the England team and I'd like to see them with an English manager."
2001: July - Agrees new six-year deal at Old Trafford.2001-02: Ends the domestic season with eight goals in 35 league appearances and is part of England's World Cup squad which reaches the quarter-finals.
2002-03: Scores a best-ever 14 league goals as United win their eighth Premier League title.
2004: February 14 - Makes his 400th appearance for United in an FA Cup fifth-round derby clash with Manchester City.
April 3 - Books United's place in the FA Cup final with the only goal in semi-final win over Arsenal.
June - Plays in all four of England's games in Euro 2004.
August 3 - Makes shock announcement he is retiring from international football.
2005: May 21 - Misses a penalty in the FA Cup final shoot-out as rivals Arsenal triumph in Cardiff.
August 12 - Signs a new four-year deal with United.
Off, off! Scholes and his only club boss Sir Alex Ferguson
2006: January 24 - Ruled out for three months with an eye condition. But is out for even longer and does not play again until final game of the season.
October 22 - Makes 500th appearance for United against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
2007: May - Helps United win ninth Premier League title.
2008: April 29 - Scores winner in Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
May 21 - Helps United win Champions League, beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
2009: March 1 - Part of United side that beats Tottenham on penalties in Carling Cup final.
May - United regain Premier League title but lose to Barcelona in Champions League final in Rome.
2010: February 28 - Helps United retain Carling Cup with 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
April 16 - Signs new one-year contract.
May - Helps United retain Premier League title. Rejects approach from England manager Fabio Capello to return to international football ahead of World Cup.
2011: April 16 - Sent off as United lose 1-0 to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
May 14 - Helps United win record 19th English league title.
May 28 - Part of the United side beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in Champions League final at Wembley.
May 31 - Announces retirement with immediate effect and joins the United coaching staff.
August 5 - Scores a trademark 20-yarder in his farewell testimonial match against the New York Cosmos at a sell-out Old Trafford.
2012: January 8 - Comes out of retirement to assist a United side hit by injuries, signing a contract until the end of the season. Is immediately named on the bench for United's FA Cup third-round clash with Manchester City.
May 15: Signs a new one-year contract with the club.
2013: May 11 - Retires from football for a second time.
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