Abidal bemoans Messi treatment during cancer ordeal
Cancer survivor Eric Abidal has revealed just how hard things were for everyone involved during his liver cancer diagnosis in 2011 and how Lionel Messi truncated his attempts to keep spirits high among his Barcelona teammates.
The France international who confessed that it was the most extreme pain he had ever felt in his life when he was sidelined with the illness also revealed how some of his teammates even asked him to avoid sending videos of encouragement, such was their upset at seeing Abidal suffering.
“It is a pain I will remember for life. It was unbearable, like an open knife.
“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.” Abidal told Ma part d’ombre on Canal+
The former full-back, who is now fully cleared of the disease after he successfully received a liver transplant, was reflecting on the most difficult time of his life.
And he explained how tough it was to go through the daunting battle which many are fortunate enough to never experience.
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