The Culés Award goes to the person that we, the Barcelona fans, feel deserves to be recognized for embodying the heart, passion, trust, and spirit of all Culés.
The award goes to two men who will never be forgotten by Culés: Eric Abidal and Josep Guardiola.
Abidal started 20 games in La Liga for El Blaugrana this season. One of Éric’s best moments this season was the goal he scored against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of the 2011 Copa Del Rey quarterfinals. The Frenchman’s goal was the game winner and ultimately was the difference in the aggregate score.
On March 15, Eric Abidal underwent a liver transplant after nearly two year of complications with his liver. Abidal's strength under tremendously difficult circumstances along with his career at FCB is something special. He's the iron man of FC Barcelona.
There is a very high likelihood that Éric Abidal may not be able to play professional football again. All Culés are saddened to think Abi may never play again, but the most important thing is his health.
If Éric never plays a game for FC Barcelona again, let me say thank you for the great memories, Éric. We Culés love you and you will always be remembered at the Camp Nou. We hope to see you at the Camp Nou soon, visiting the place you made tremendous plays at, for many years to come.
What can we say about Pep Guardiola that hasn't already been said? He’s been The Godfather of FC Barcelona.
Does that make Tito Vilanova “Michael Corleone”?
Pep has brought Culés the greatest FC Barcelona team ever seen, a football revolution, class, style, and 13 perhaps 14 titles in four years just to name a few.
I’ll repeat what I said in my article dedicated to Pep, “Thank You Pep Guardiola! A Tribute.”
Thank you for giving us four years of the greatest football we've ever seen.
Thank you for giving us three Liga titles.
Thank you for giving us two UEFA Champions League titles.
Thank you for giving us one team that the world will never forget.
Thank you for bringing us a total of 13 (potentially 14) titles in only four years.
Thank you for making FC Barcelona, Catalunya, and the Camp Nou the place where football magic happens.
Catalunya is your homeland. The Camp Nou is your home. We understand that you need to leave. Just promise us that you will eventually find your way home.
On behalf of all Culés, thank you Josep “Pep” Guardiola, for the memories that will live in the minds and hearts of all Culés forever.