A young boy suffering from a brain tumour has cited Barcelona defender Eric Abidal as his inspiration in his fight against the disease.
Abidal was diagnosed with a tumour on his liver in March, but after successfully undergoing surgery, he returned to first-team action before the end of last season and featured in the Champions League win over Manchester United.
"Daddy, buy me his jersey. I'll fight like him and win my own Champions League," the child said according to his father, J. Garcia Serra, in declarations made to Marca.
He was soon granted a hospital visit from Abidal and Garcia Serra went on to speak of the emotion in the room after the former Lyon man's appearance produced tears from his son.
"He [Abidal] was affectionate, gentle, sympathetic and didn't stop hugging him for 10 minutes. He said: 'Come, come, brother, I'm here to cheer. I'm also fighting this disease and I'm glad to set up a foundation for sick kids.'"
Abidal left the child with an engraved Rolex watch.