Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who returned to top-flight football despite a liver transplant, was on Wednesday named as an ambassador for the Catalan club.
Barca said they had reached an agreement with the 37-year-old “to be an ambassador and representative of the club at different events in the next few years”. He will also now form “a permanent part of the globetrotting (Barcelona) veterans team.
He left in 2013 after recovering from his transplant but was not offered a new contract.
Abidal was first diagnosed with a liver tumour in March 2011 but remarkably he played the whole of the Champions League final against Manchester United two months later which Barca won 3-1. A year later he underwent the transplant. He announced his retirement in December 2014.