Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal underwent a liver transplant on Tuesday as more than 70,000 fans at Camp Nou paid tribute to the France defender during Barcelona's 4-0 win
over Getafe in the Spanish league.
The 76,041 spectators paid tribute to Abidal after 22 minutes, the number matching his jersey.
The 32-year-old underwent liver surgery to remove a tumor in March 2011 and returned for the final part of last season. He played this season until last month, before the club said a transplant was necessary.
''We wanted to dedicate (the win) to Abidal and his cousin, Gerard (who donated the liver)," said Barca coach Pep Guardiola.