On Saturday, Eric Abidal got his first taste of action after a long 13 months away from the game following his liver transplant almost a year to the date. That combined with Tito Vilanova’s return to the Camp Nou sidelines for the first time since January made for an emotional night in Barcelona.
Whether you’re a Barca fan or not, you can’t help but root for Abidal and applaud his arduous battle from what many considered to be a career-ending condition:
“It was a very special moment for me after a year out,” said Abidal, wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.
“I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment,” he added.