Extremely high hopes accompanied the arrival of Anderson at Manchester United back in 2007.
The Brazilian was one of the most highly-regarded young players in the game, and Sir Alex Ferguson would later go on record to suggest he had what it took to replace Paul Scholes at Old Trafford. But it was not to be, with sporadic moments of brilliance quickly lost in a glut of injuries and less than impressive performances.
Still only 25, the midfielder has time to live up to - or at least get somewhere close to - the potential he showed in his youth. And his loan spell at Fiorentina has given him the chance to do just that.
Currently ruled out with a calf injury, Anderson has taken to Instagram to post a video of his new surroundings, and one glance begs the question: Will he really want to swap his current lifestyle for a return to United?
Of course the other question is whether there is now a place for him back at Old Trafford - with his contract about to enter its final year and wholesale changes likely this summer. But if Anderson can do enough to persuade the Fiorentina hierarchy that he deserves a permanent contract, he could soon be calling those glorious surroundings home, rather than merely a place to stay while his long-term future remains undecided.