Barcelona has found itself in many unusual situations this season due to injuries, health issues, and transfer speculation surrounding some of the club legends. The dilemma that Barça faced with Éric Abidal can easily be called unusual as well. Given the circumstances, there were no right or wrong options, but yet, any decision would upset some. And the decision not to renew Abidal’s contract surely upset many.
To even understand the situation, one must keep in mind that Barcelona renewed Abidal’s contract when the player was going through his recovery and there were no guarantees that he could ever play again. Barcelona, as a club, took the risk of investing in Abidal, knowing that they might get nothing back football-wise. But the club never abandoned him and Abidal’s health was reason enough for the club to support him and stand behind him, and I think we all agree that this was a great decision.