Thursday, 11 January 2018

Abidal On Cancer Ordeal: Messi Told Me Not To Send Videos During Illness, It Hurt Them

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, the France international confessed that 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," he 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
 "Do you know what Messi told me? Don't send us things like that anymore because it hurts us.

"I didn't see it like that, I was trying to encourage them but they told me they saw me like a corpse and it left them upset [to see you suffer]."
However, when some visitors did arrive at the hospital to attempt to raise Abidal's own spirits, he admitted that it was difficult for himself.
"When Thierry [Henry] came to see me in hospital, I cried like a child," confessed the former Lyon man.

"I didn't want him to see me like that but I did like that he came to see me."

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