Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said he’d treasure a badminton trophy at his local club more than the FIFA Club World Cup, days after Liverpool celebrated their maiden title in Doha, Qatar.
The Merseysiders celebrated the end of a prolific 2019 in style and defeated Brazilian outfit Flamengo 1-0 in extra time to lift the Club World Cup for the first time in their history.
Scholes, 45, won the Club World Cup himself with United in 2008, but he told BBC 5 Live Sport presenter Robbie Savage it’s not the kind of trophy he and his former team-mates would write home about:
"Well you want to win it once you’re there but I don’t think it was ever something that we were desperate to win. Even now if someone said to you ‘What trophies did you win over the years?’ I don’t think we’d mention the World Club Championship. I really don’t. I’m not joking, I’m serious!”
When asked whether the Club World Cup would mean more than clinching a tournament down his local racquet club, Scholes responded: “My badminton trophy!”
The veteran midfielder acknowledged the title “might take more importance over the years” and sympathised with the Liverpool players for celebrating, though he highlighted the Club World Cup wasn’t an aim for him during his days at United.
Scholes won 11 Premier League title and two UEFA Champions League medals over the course of a 19-year playing career at United, as well as being part of the first English team to win the Club World Cup.
His old side sit eighth in the Premier League while Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top with a game in hand, on course to win their first top-tier trophy since 1990 at the end of this campaign.