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Antony hits back at Paul Scholes after Man Utd legend branded him a ‘clown’ for showboating

MANCHESTER UNITED winger Antony has hit back at club legend Paul Scholes after being labelled a “clown”.

The Brazilian star, 22, performed a 720-degree spin with no defenders near him during the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol last month.

Antony has hit back at Paul Scholes after being labelled a ‘clown’
The 720-degree spin is something Antony has become known for during his career
Scholes was critical of Antony’s skill during his punditry last month

And Scholes was left thoroughly unimpressed by the former Ajax man’s trickery.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “I don’t know what that skill achieves. Even before that, he did nothing in the game. I think he needs a more entertaining skill. When you’re three of four-nil up, maybe.”

He then added: “I don’t know if that’s skill or entertainment. That’s being a clown.”

But Antony has now hit back at those comments by insisting he is simply replicating the idols he watched growing up.

In a piece for The Players’ Tribune, he said: “If you think I’m just a clown, then you don’t understand my story.

“The art of Ronaldinho and Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Neymar inspired me as a child.

“I watched these Gods in amazement on stolen Wifi, then I went out to the concrete pitch to try to imitate their genius.

“This is my story. If you still don’t understand me, or if you still think that I am a clown, then I will just point to the ink on my arm…


“Whoever comes from the favela knows a little bit of what I’ve been through.

“Those words speak for me. And for us all.”

Following the spin against Sheriff, Antony played no part in the 1-0 win over West Ham three days later due to an injury.

And that problem has kept him out until the World Cup break – but he is still expected to be available in Qatar after being selected in Tite’s final 26-man squad.

Meanwhile, in the same piece for The Players’ Tribune, Antony opened up about his difficult childhood.

He specifically referenced stepping over a dead body in the street at the age of eight.

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