In a recent interview with the Manchester United’s website defender Chris Smalling talked candidly about some of his favorite athletes and memories from the game.
On his favorite player to watch…
‘I would have to say Paul Scholes. Once you have played with him close up, you can see that what he has is something that can’t be taught. He is a natural.’
Scholes was a full career player at Old Trafford and retired in 2013. His highlight reel speaks for itself; Scholes was almost superhuman in his positional awareness, ability to distribute through traffic accurately, and score from outside the box. Smalling played three years with the United figurehead.
On the Best Athlete Outside of Football…
‘There are lots to name, but I’m a big fan of Muhammad Ali. I have got a few pictures of his quotes around my house as well. He always backed himself. You can be overconfident, but he could back it up and he had that belief.’
Even with his prime being over fifty years ago Muhammad Ali continues to influences athletes across the globe with both his attitude and banter. It’s hard to to watch footage of ‘The Greatest’ in awe.
On his favorite scoring memory…
‘I think when I was young, in an Under-14s match, we were drawing 1-1 and I got the ball off the goalkeeper and literally dribbled up the pitch without a care in the world – it was as if I didn’t see anyone else! I took it past the whole team and stuck it in. It was a great moment.’
Smalling is looking forward to continuing to push the Red Devils up the English Premier League Table.