Abidal hugs Messi in the match against Valencia at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Éric Abidal has won the third edition of the Aldo Rovira Award for the best Barça player of the season. The award goes to the Frenchman as a gesture in recognition of his tremendous efforts and dedication to the club’s values after he underwent a liver transplant on April 10.

The jury was led by President Sandro Rosell, who was joined by Andreu Subies, president of the Catalan Football Federation; Josep Lluís Rovira, ex Barça director and the father of Aldo Rovira (passed away in 2009), all with a voice but no vote, and representatives of the Catalan media.

Abidal thus takes over from Leo Messi, the winner of the last two editions of the Aldo Rovira Award.