Éric Sylvain Abidal is a French professional footballer, who plays for FC Barcelona as a left or central defender. In his career, he played mainly for Lyon and Barcelona, winning 22 major titles the two teams combined, including two Champions League trophies with the latter. . He started his professional career with AS Monaco FC, making his Ligue 1 debut on 16 September 2000 in a 3–0 home win against Toulouse FC. bidal transferred to fellow Ligue 1 club Lille OSC for 2002–03 and Subsequently, he returned to his native region and joined Olympique Lyonnais. During his later years in France, where he won three consecutive national championships – of the seven the team won. On 10 November 2004 Abidal scored the first goal of his career, in a 2–3 loss at former club Lille for the season's Coupe de la Ligueround-of-32. On 29 June 2007, Abidal signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona for €15 million. Abidal made his La Liga debut on 26 August 2007 in a 0–0 away draw against Racing de Santander. On 18 January 2012 Abidal scored his second goal for Barcelona, also in the domestic cup, helping the visitors come from behind to win it 2–1 at Real Madrid. A French international in the 2000s, Abidal represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in 2006 – and Euro 2008.