Rio Ferdinand does not believe Gerard Pique would have imagined he would go on to achieve such huge success when he quit Manchester United for Barcelona.
Pique made 23 first-team appearances in a four-year stay at United, having moved to England as a raw teenager. However, he never looked like becoming a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up and most people imagined Pique would only be a back-up when he returned 'home' to Barcelona in 2008.
But he has gone on to claim numerous honours including the World Cup with Spain and the Champions League, and Ferdinand said: "Gerard has been phenomenal. From sitting on the bench at United to winning the Champions League, La Liga and the World Cup."
He added: "If you had told him that was going to happen he wouldn't have believed you.
"Everyone knew how good a player he was. He had so many qualities.
"Maybe he wasn't suited to the Premier League. But Spain suits him down to the ground."