Eric Abidal

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Barcelona’s  Sergio Busquets slides in to tackle Atletico Madrid’s  Rodri    during the La Liga game at the  Nou Camp at the weekend. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Manchester United and Barcelona met it ended with a plea for mercy. There were 10 minutes left in the 2011 European Cup final when Wayne(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

A file photograph of Eric Abidal from June 2013.  Barcelona have denied that they illegally bought a transplant liver for their former defender. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

FC Barcelona has emphatically denied reports that its former president, Sandro Rosell, illegally bought a liver for the French defender Eric Abidal si(...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

Zach Fagan, once of Arsenal, now playing with Welling United. Photograph: Getty Images

Many are called but few are chosen. Unless of course we’re talking about Premier League football, in which case the equation is even more extreme. Eve(...)

 Pedro signed a contract extension through to 2019 in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain forward Pedro will meet the Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, today to discuss his future amid suggestions Chelsea are prepared to trigger the(...)

Luis Figo has been prevented from playing for the Barcelona legend’s team. Photo: Firo Foto/Getty Images

Luis Figo’s decision to quit the Nou Camp for the Bernabéu fifteen years ago has not been forgotten, and certainly not forgiven by Barcelona. The Cata(...)

Ukraine’s forward Andriy Yarmolenko (centre) celebrates scoring as  Eric Abidal looks on. Photograph:Franck Fife/AFP Photo/Getty Images

UKRAINE 2 (Zozulya 61,Yarmolenko 83 pen) FRANCE 0France faced the embarrassing prospect of missing out on a major tournament for the first time in 20 (...)

Thiago Silva of PSG chases down Lionel Messi of Barcelona during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg game. The Catalan side thought they did not  have ‘Messidependencia’ but their performance on Wednesday proved otherwise. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

So that’s what the fuss was all about. When Lionel Messi walked off the pitch in Paris there was fear; when he walked back on (...)