Éric Abidal

France 2017

Best known for his spell at Barcelona, Éric Abidal asserted himself as one of the best defenders in Europe. He made his name for a number of French clubs before a big move to join the Spanish giants. Whilst at the Camp Nou he helped them dominate Europe winning four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues. Capped 67 times by France, Abidal was diagnosed with a liver tumour in March 2011, but remarkably returned two months after surgery to captain Barça to the Champions League title at Wembley later that year. He played most of his career as a strong, intelligent attacking left-back, before moving to centre back later in his career. On the international stage he played in one UEFA European Championship and two FIFA World Cups, including the 2006 final.

Full name: Éric Sylvain Abidal
Born: 11/09/1979, Saint-Genis-Laval, France
Clubs: Lyon Duchère (1999-2000), Monaco (2000-2002), Lille (2002-2004), Lyon (2004-2007), Barcelona (2007-2013), Monaco (2013-2014), Olympiacos (2014)
International: 67 apps (2004-2013)
Position: Defender

Honours:

  • Ligue 1 (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Trophée des Champions (3): 2005, 2006, 2007
  • La Liga (4): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Copa del Rey (2): 2008–09, 2011–12
  • Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (2): 2008–09, 2010–11
  • UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011