FOOTBALL- Former France and Barcelona star Eric Abidal opened up about his battle with liver cancer in 2011 and said it was Lionel Messi who stopped him from sending any motivational mesaages during that time.
"It is a pain I will remember for life. It was unbearable, like an open knife,” Abidal was quoted as saying by 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.”
Abidal has since recovered fully from cancer.