Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal suffered from cancer back in 2011, but still tried to have a positive influence on his Barcelona team-mates by sending them a motivational video before a match. However, he reveals it didn’t turn out as positively as he thought it would.
“It is a pain I will remember for life. It was unbearable, like an open knife,” Abidal told Canal+. “When the doctor told me I would need an operation I was happy. It is a suffering that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.”
“I was very thin and before a game, I made a video to send to the players to cheer them up and send support. However, Messi told me: ‘Don’t send us things like that anymore because it hurts us [to see you suffer]’. But I didn’t see it like that, I was trying to encourage them.”
When people came to get Abidal’s spirits up in hospital, he admits he struggled too. “When Thierry Henry came to see me in hospital, I cried like a child. I didn’t want him to see me like that but I did like that he came to see me.”