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15.01.2007 International

Ronaldo is world's best - Scholes

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Paul Scholes says his Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world on current form.

Ronaldo has scored 12 goals as United have opened up a six point gap at the top of the Premiership table.

"The amount of goals and the amount of assists he"s had has been frightening,” Scholes told Football Focus.

“I haven't seen anybody take players on, score goals and make goals like he has in this first half of the season, so he rightfully deserves that tag.”

Scholes added: “We just hope that for the second half of the season he can have the same effect on the team that he's had in the first half. We're sure he can do that.”

Scholes himself has been in top form despite missing much of last season with blurred vision.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently tipped the 32-year-old as an early contender for the Footballer of the Year award, but Scholes insists there is room for improvement.

He said: “I still think I can play better and I still think the team can play better so for the second half of the season we hope we can do that.

“I know over the years I've played better than I am doing now. I want to get back to those sorts of levels and hopefully I can do that.”

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