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.
To cap it all off, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas had a rare offensive explosion in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Mallorca.
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.
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