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