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Daniel Alves offered to donate liver to Éric Abidal

Monday, September 16, 2013

Éric Abidal has revealed that former Barcelona teammate Daniel Alves offered to donate his liver when the Frenchman needed a transplant last year.

Éric Abidal and Daniel Alves were close friends during their time at Barcelona
Éric Abidal and Daniel Alves were close friends during their time at Barcelona

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Alves is wearing Abidal's No 22 shirt this season at Barcelona as a tribute to his close friend, who was plagued by a tumour in his liver which eventually led to a transplant.

Now playing for AS Monaco, Abidal said that his relationship with Alves is much more profound that a simple, casual acquaintance.

During an interview with Catalunya Ràdio, Abidal said: "My relationship with Dani goes much further than him taking my old No 22 shirt.

"When I had to undergo surgery, he offered to donate his liver. Of course, it's completely out of the question because he is a professional footballer.

"Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship."

Abidal's cousin Gerard ended up donating part of his liver for the 34-year-old's operation in April 2012.

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