A tearful Eric Abidal called an end to his six-year Barcelona playing career on Thursday, less than two months after returning to action from a liver transplant.

“I am going, but I am sure I will be back in another capacity,” the French defender told a news conference at the club.

“I would have liked to continue playing for Barca, but the club sees things differently and I have to respect that,” he said with tears in his eyes. — AFP

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