A significant moment of football history played out in Greece on Saturday as French World Cup winner and Champions League winner Eric Abidal bowed out of the professional game.
After announcing his retirement last week, Abidal’s final match was a 5-0 thrashing for Olympiakos away at modest Greek side Kalloni.
The location seemed a little out of sorts for the end of a football career of one of the great defenders of his generation, yet the Olympiakos players made sure Abidal’s final game was memorable
After playing the 90 minutes, the French hero was given a standing ovation from everyone at the game at the match drew to a close.
After the full time whistle, Abidal was first given a guard of honour from his teammates, and then the 35-year-old was signed off with some massive bumps.
See videoof Eric Abidal’s last moments as a professional footballer above, while photos from the day are below.