Gheorghe Hagi has underlined that the reason for his move to Barcelona in 1994 was due to the opportunity of working with his childhood hero Johan Cryuff, who was a coach at the time.
The 124-cap Romania international revealed that the stature of his hero drew him to Camp Nou, and hailed the three-time Ballon d'Or winner for his help during their time together.
"He was amazing - the best," he told Fifa.com.
"When I went to Barcelona in 1994, he was the coach, and I went because of him. It was great, even though I didn't always get a game. Working with him, I fulfilled my potential.
"When I was a child we did not get to see many international games but, even so, I was aware that the best in the world was Cruyff."
Hagi, now 47, was named among the top 125 living footballers by Pele.