Manchester United Champions League winner Rio Ferdinand says a player who won the trophy with Liverpool is not in the same class as
Xabi Alonso won the second Champions League title of his career back in May, although he was not on the pitch for Real Madrid's extra-time win over Atletico.
He was suspended after picking up a semi-final booking against Bayern Munich, following a line of talented players to miss the final, including Pavel Nedved, John Terry and Roy Keane.
Another who missed the Champions League Final, back in 1999, due to suspension was Manchester United's Paul Scholes, who would win it again in 2008.
Alonso and Scholes are two of the best passers of the ball the Premier League has seen since it's conception, but Rio Ferdinand believes one is in a different class to the other.
Ferdinand, a former teammate of Scholes, ranks the ex-United star alongside two of European football's modern greats, Xavi of Barcelona and Andrea Pirlo of Juventus and formerly AC Milan.
Alonso is a player who has been very under-appreciated in the Spanish set up over the years, his contribution overlooked in comparison to Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Scholes may have disappointed in his latter years in the England international scene before retiring, but his medal laden years at United saw him gain the respect of his fellow professionals.
Both expert passers of the ball with an eye for goal, Alonso still has time left in his career to make his mark further, and solidify his claim to be compared as an equal with Pirlo and Xavi.