He thinks Scholes, 36, only quit as he wasnât guaranteed starts any more after almost two decades as the first name on the team sheet.
âScholesy was one of the most enjoyable players I have ever had the pleasure of playing with on a football pitch,â Ferdinand told the Daily Star Sunday.
âJust to play behind someone like that makes the game more exciting.
âWhen he told me he was going to retire, I told him he could easily still play on for two or three years.
âBut he wants to be involved in every game. You have to appreciate that and understand that. That is why heâs been so consistent.
âHis desire was always to be the best and to take part in the biggest and best games of the season. And because heâs not getting that heâs called time on his career.â