'This is the best kid you will ever see.'
That was the verdict of Sir Alex Ferguson when he reflected on Ravel Morrison at Manchester United with the legendary manager believing the club had a truly great talent on their hands.
However, years on from Morrison's Old Trafford exit and the sensational career he was tipped to enjoy simply hasn't materialised.
Rio Ferdinand recalled Ferguson remarking during his hey day: "Look at this kid, he's better than you Rooney when you were a kid, he's better than you Rio, better than Ryan Giggs when you were kids."
The hype surrounding Morrison has been corroborated by the likes of Gary Neville and the Englishman serves as one of the finest examples of a sad career decline in football.
The eventful career of Morrison
His career has been well documented since his United exit, but news about Morrison has declined in recent rumours with the midfielder appearing to fall off the radar.
The 25-year-old signed for West Ham in 2012, initially showing great promise, but eventually being moved onto Lazio after loan spells with Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff.
Attempting to turn his career around in Italy was certainly a brave decision and three years on, he's technically still on the books of the Roman club.
Morrison's situation at Lazio
Morrison recently returned from an unlikely loan spell with Mexican club Atlas, enjoying a decent season with four goals in 25 appearances.
Now he's back at Lazio, though, what does the future hold for the former United wonderkid?
Well, according to the Daily Mail, Morrison's spell in Italy has reached a whole new low and his career is understood to be in 'limbo.'
It's revealed that Lazio have completely 'given up' on the Englishman and don't care if he leaves for the club for absolutely nothing despite having one year left on his contract.
In other words, they want him out of the club and couldn't care less if they didn't get a penny for it.
The 25-year-old is unlikely to make another appearance in Serie A and any approaches for his signature will surely be entertained by his employers.
Atlas are believed to be interested in signing Morrison on a permanent basis and there's also murmurs coming from Portugal's Vitoria.
However, it's now safe to say that Morrison's career at the top is over and three years on, his risky decision to sign for Lazio really hasn't paid off.
Football fans will always wonder what could have been for a player with so much talent and so much backing at arguably the biggest club in the world.
The situation he finds himself in now, though, is just so sad to see.
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