Social networks are filled with messages of support for the French player. The label #AnimsAbidal, proposed by Barça, became the worldwide 'trending topic' within hours.
Forgetting colours or disputes, the football world has come together to support the FC Barcelona
player, Eric Abidal, following the news that he was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver and will
have to undergo surgery . Supporters, Barça players and players from other teams as well, and
personalities from different fields, have been expressing their affection for Abidal in the last
To bring together these sentiments, the Club proposed using Twitter with the
'hashtag' #animsAbidal to collect all the messages of support, which will be sent to Abidal. Within
hours, this label has become one of the most used worldwide, bringing together more than 0.7% of
worldwide traffic on this network. On Facebook, on the other hand, the Abidal news has led to more
than 10,000 messages of support in less than 10 hours.
Support from teammates and rivals
After the announcement, several of the player’s teammates gave their support
to Abidal via Twitter. Puyol, Piqué, Iniesta, Jeffren, and Adriano posted messages on their social
networks, as did the President of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, who connected with the tag
#animsAbidal and so did Barça B manager, Luis Enrique.
Players from other teams, like Sergio Agüero, Cesc Fábregas, David de Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo,
Jack Wilshere, Kaka and Diego Forlan also joined the initiative of internet users worldwide.
Collection of tweets:
Sandro Rosell (@ sandrorosell)
Carles Puyol (@ carles5puyol)
Chin up, Abi, we are all with you. You’re tough and will get over t his for
Gerard Piqué (@ 3gerardpique)
All the love in the world for Abi. Get better superstar! Strength kiddo! #
Andrés Iniesta (andresiniesta8)
From here I want to show my affection and my support for Eric Abidal. I’m
certain everything will be fine
Adriano Correia (@ adrianocorreia6)
Abi! We are with you. You’l get over it for sure, you’re very strong
and everything will be fine. Chin up Abidu…
Jeffren Suárez (@ Jeffren11)
Abi, always with you, brother! You’re much loved
Luis Enrique (@ luisenrique21)
What unpleasant news!. Courage Abidal!
Cristiano Ronaldo (@ Christian)
I hope everything goes well with Abidal and he comes back soon
Sergio Aguero (@ aguerosergiokun)
Courage Abidal! We are all with you. You’ll get over it! #AnimoAbidal
Diego Forlan (@ diegoforlan7)
All my support and encouragement to Abidal and family! I’m certain it will
all go well. Lots of luck!
Cesc Fabregas (@ cesc4official)
Los of encouragement and lots of strength to Eric Abidal. Bad news for football.
You always have to enjoy every day.
@ Kaká (@Kaká)
What terribly sad news about Eric Abidal. Let’s all pray for him, God bless