Abidal was in New York representing the Club FCB / EDU BAYER

Frenchman Éric Abidal played his last game for Barça on 1 June 2013, when Tito Villanova brought him on for the last 17 minutes against Malaga to a standing ovation from the Camp Nou faithful. Two days later he bade farewell at an emotional press conference.

Now, two years on from his departure, Abidal is back representing the Club. This time round though, he’s not in his kit, but looking elegant in his grey jacket and black trousers as he visits New York, representing FC Barcelona accompanied by the Club’s CEO Ignacio Mestre at the presentation of the  third edition of the International Champions Cup, which will include amongst others, LA Galaxy, Manchester United, PSG, Chelsea, Fiorentina and Barça.

Abidal was the centre of attention at the event, with his footballing experience and star quality, alongside Dwight Yorke from Manchester United, Carlo Cudiccini from Chelsea, PSG’S Bernard Lama and ex-US Soccer star Eric Wynalda who called Abidal “a role model for his behaviour”.

Speaking to the media after the presentation, Abidal touched on Luis Enrique’s role as coach and the upcoming clash with Bayern Munich, as well as stressing the importance for him of returning as part of the Club: “Barça will always be my home and it is an honour for me to represent the Club in such an important event as this. Football is not just entertainment – it’s about coming together and creating bonds of friendship”.

Éric Abidal believes Barça to be in top form at... per fcbarcelona

Belletti in San Francisco

The presentation in New York will be followed up by an event at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California which is home to the San Francisco 49ers NFL team, when Juliano Belletti will represent the Club as a number of the teams involved in the competition will be presented.

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