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Manchester United stalwart Scholes joins '600' club

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  • Paul Scholes makes 600th appearance for English giants Manchester United
  • Former England midfielder has helped them to eight Premier League titles
  • Scholes is one of the few long-serving players in world football's elite
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Ben Wyatt
CNN Sports Producer
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Paul Scholes added another significant achievement to his long list of accolades as he helped Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League in their 2-0 win over Portsmouth at Old Trafford.

Scholes has been an integral part of United's incredible success under Alex Ferguson.

Scholes has been an integral part of United's incredible success under Alex Ferguson.

As the midfield ever-present aims to spur his side to yet another league championship (Scholes has won eight league titles during his time at Old Trafford) the 34-year-old joined an elite group of players who have racked up 600 appearances for the Red Devils.

The others include Ryan Giggs (798 appearances), Bobby Charlton (758 appearances) and Bill Foulkes (688 appearances) -- no mean feat in an era where lucrative transfer fees and wages tempt many of the top players to move clubs several times during their career.

Do you know any one-club heroes that should be added to the list?

Joining Alex Ferguson's side as a youth player in 1991, Scholes has, over a 22-year career, amassed winners' medals to make the great and good in the world game turn green with envy. Photo See pictures of other '600' club members »

However, despite the Champions League, World Club Cup, Premier League and FA Cup being prominent in his list of achievements, Scholes has also been successful in drawing plaudits from many of his fellow professionals.

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Thierry Henry called him the "best player in England" and Zinedine Zidane named Scholes as his "toughest opponent" and the "greatest midfielder of his generation," not bad from two players who could both lay convincing claims to being amongst the Pantheon of all-time greats.

Despite such respect, his manager, Alex Ferguson maintains he has never had an approach from another club to sign the former England man. "Funnily enough, (no)-one has inquired (about) Paul Scholes and you know why? Because they all know he would never leave," Ferguson told UK newspaper, The Guardian.

A surprise maybe, given the admiration so many in the game have for Scholes, but also fitting for a player who has consistently shunned the limelight and trappings of fame, and rarely been outspoken.

Is Paul Scholes the last of a dying generation of footballers who devote their careers to one club? And do you know of any that should be given more attention?

Here are some examples from the world game that makes the CNN list of one-club heroes:

Paolo Maldini -- The Italian international defender has played 601 times for AC Milan in the league alone -- in a career spanning 25 years with one club, still playing into his 40th year.

Raul Gonzalez -- The Real Madrid captain has scored over 190 goals in close to 500 games in 14 seasons in La Liga, numbers that don't just highlight his tremendous talent, but also establish him as one of the best Spanish players ever to play the game.

Pele -- The football legend played for Santos between 1956-1974 -- making 659 appearances and scoring an incredible 643 goals not to mention his World Cup heroics for Brazil.


Lev Yashin -- Voted FIFA's goalkeeper of the century in 2000, Russia's Yashin spent his entire 22-year-old career with Dinamo Moscow, playing 812 games for club and country.

Roar Strand -- Hard-working midfielder has won more domestic trophies than any current player in Europe with 14 league championships and five cups for his Norwegian side Rosenborg. Like Scholes he recently made his 600th appearance for the Trondheim outfit.

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