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Cristiano Ronaldo absence helped Portugal win Euro 2016, says Barcelona hero Eric Abidal

Cristiano Ronaldo going off injured actually helped Portugal to victory against France in the final of Euro 2016 this summer, says Eric Abidal.

The former Barcelona defender clearly keeps his old club’s rivalry with Ronaldo’s side Real Madrid close to his heart, suggesting that he intimidates the rest of the Portuguese national team. 240 more words


Eric Abidal recalls how Barcelona eased past Manchester United in 2011 Champions League final

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has given a brutal assessment of Manchester United’s performance in the 2011 Champions League final between the two clubs.

Abidal’s Barca side were at their peak under Pep Guardiola at the time, and thoroughly outplayed United to win 3-1 at Wembley, lifting the trophy at the expense of the Red Devils for the second time in three seasons. 235 more words


Barcelona move for Umtiti

Barcelona have moved quickly in the off season to shore up their back line following the departures of Dani Alves and Marc Bartra. Lyon president Jean-Michel confirmed on June 4 2016. 295 more words