When Eric Abidal's contract was not renewed by Barcelona at the end of last season after his triumphant and inspiring return from a liver transplant, teammate and friend Dani Alves decided to wear his old No. 22 shirt in his honor. Now playing for Monaco, Abidal has revealed that Alves tried to do far more than change his shirt number, though.
From the AP:
Abidal told Catalunya Radio that Dani Alves, who now wears Abidal's old number 22, "wanted to give me his liver, but it couldn't be'' because it would have hurt the Brazil right back's ability to play. The France defender's cousin ended up donating him part of his liver.
"The story with Dani goes beyond the jersey,'' Abidal said. "He knows it. Me too. We are friends and we talk about everything. He wanted to support me. And besides, he's a very good person. He was my neighbor and his ex-wife and my wife are friends.''
To offer someone a piece of one of your vital organs is above and beyond the normal commitment as a teammate. Especially in an age when professional footballers more known for limiting their organ donation to the wives of their teammate and brothers in a more adulterous sense.