A couple of years ago, Eric Abidal was diagnosed with cancer in his liver. He immediately went through surgery and he was able to play the Champions League Final that year. After an emotional game, Puyol gave him the Captain’s band and let him lift the cup in front of 85,000 people.
Unfortunately, it was a happy moment that quickly faded. Abidal would eventually need a liver transplant due to some difficulties with his cancer recovery. His last game came against Athletico Madrid in February of 2012. But now, according to Barcelona’s website, he’s finally ready to return. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to dominate the field as he used to. Either way, you have to be impressed with his determination to continue to play the game he loves.