Eric Sylvain Abidal was born in Lyon, France on the 11th September 1979. The French defender played for Barcelona and has overcome health scares to achieve numerous successes with the Spanish football giants. The French defender now plays for AS Monaco where he became club captain.
Abidal trained with local club Lyon-la-DuchÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¨re before signing his first professional contract with Monaco. He made his Ligue 1 debut in September 2000 against Toulouse. The following season Abidal moved on loan to Lille in an attempt to get some more first team exposure. He earned 62 caps with Lille before moving back to his hometown to play for reigning Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. This move occurred in 2004 and this was the same year in which he made his international debut for France against Bosnia. After helping Lyon win three league titles Abidal joined Barcelona in 2007.
His time at Barcelona has been a mixture of highs and lows. In 2008/09 he won the treble with Barca, but also missed eight weeks through injury and was suspended in two semi-finals on his return. These lows would soon become the least of his concerns when in March 2011 doctors discovered Abidal had a liver tumour. However showing the same determination that he shows on the field he overcame the tumour and was back in a Barca shirt six weeks later in time for their UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Whilst beating Manchester United 3-1 in the final, Abidal was given the honour of wearing the captain's armband and lifted the trophy to mark his comeback from cancer and his 150th game for Barcelona.
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