Barcelona: When Alex Song thought Carles Puyol wanted him to lift trophy instead of Eric Abidal

Alex Song thought Carles Puyol was inviting him to lift the trophy

Eric Abidal went through a lot during his football career.

The Frenchman was at Barcelona when he was diagnosed with a tumour in his liver.

Barcelona revealed the news to the world on March 15, 2011, and he underwent surgery two days later.

Abidal returned to action just over a month later and he played the full 90 minutes in Barcelona's Champions League final victory against Manchester United.

His health problems weren't finished, though.

Exactly a year after Barcelona revealed Abidal's tumour, it was announced that Abidal would have to undergo a liver transplant.

He underwent the operation in April 2012 and returned to training in December.



He finally returned to competitive action in April 2013 and he played five times as Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions.

Carles Puyol, the club captain, wanted to hand the La Liga trophy to Abidal on the final day so he could lift it with manager, Tito Villanova.

What followed was one of the most awkward moments in football history.

Barca midfielder Alex Song, for some reason, thought Puyol was inviting him to lift the trophy.

Eric Abidal and Tito Villanova lift the La Liga trophy in 2013

He walked forward to accept Puyol's offer, only for the Spaniard to reach for Abidal instead.

Song tried to style it out and clap the Frenchman but the damage had already been done. Watch the moment below...

So, so awkward. Eight years have now passed since that moment and it still makes for painful viewing.

That proved to be Abidal's last moment in a Barcelona shirt as he departed the club for Monaco that summer.

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Speaking in 2017, the Frenchman said lifting the trophy was the best moment of his Barca career.

"The best memory I have here is when I lifted the league trophy with Tito [Vilanova]," he said, per Marca.

"Also, in the last match I played here I was able to bring my cousin [who donated part of his liver to help the player's recovery] out to the middle of the pitch and he deserved it.

"I managed to get a lot of people to applaud him and I think that represents what Barcelona is all about."

We're only guessing, but it's probably not the best moment of Song's Barcelona career...

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