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When Alex Song Thought Carles Puyol Was Giving Him The La Liga Trophy To Lift

When Alex Song Thought Carles Puyol Was Giving Him The La Liga Trophy To Lift

In 2013, Barcelona captain Carles Puyol made a beautiful gesture when he allowed Eric Abidal, fresh from a liver transplant, to lift the La Liga trophy with Tito Vilanova, who was suffering from throat cancer that would later sadly claim his life.

The Blaugrana collected their title following a victory over Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp and though skipper Puyol was supposed to do the trophy lift, he brought the piece silverware from its stand and went over to grab Abidal.

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However, Alex Song, who had been less than impressive after joining the club from Arsenal in the summer, got the completely wrong end of the stick. Stood next to Abidal, for some reason he thought he was being called upon to lift the title in a very, very awkward moment.

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He quickly started clapping away but it was all too late to save him from embarrassment.

Song played 20 games that season en route to lifting the only major trophy of his career. He would then spend the next two seasons on loan back in the Premier League with West Ham United before his Barca deal was terminated and he signed with Russian side Rubin Kazan.

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The Cameroon international spent two years there and later moved to Swiss outfit FC Sion, who recently sacked him along with eight other players after they refused to take a wage decrease due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Topics: Eric Abidal, FC Barcelona, Football, Barcelona, Alex Song, Carles Puyol

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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