Jimmy Abdou arrived at Millwall in 2009 as relatively unknown, but left almost a decade later as one of the club’s most popular ever.
Having made the switch to England after five seasons in France, the midfielder signed for the Lions after just one campaign with Plymouth.
Less than 12 months later, Abdou was already a fans favourite having scored ‘that’ famous winner at Elland Road to send Millwall to Wembley for the League One play-off final.
Unfortunately, Kenny Jackett’s men fell just short, although that ended up being one of five trips to Wembley for the midfielder, who enjoyed a fitting end to his time with the Lions – with the 2017 play-off final win over Bradford turning out to be Abdou’s final competitive game in a Millwall shirt.
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He was loaned to AFC Wimbledon the following campaign before finally calling time on his spell at The Den, but only after being rewarded with a testimonial in August 2018 against VfL Bochum.
But how has Abdou been faring since his departure from Millwall?
Abdou returned to hometown club Martigues, who play their football in France’s fourth-tier.
The midfielder might turn 37 in July, but he’s still continuing to feature regularly, helping Martigues earn 9th and 5th finishes in the last two years.
Prior to the cancellation of last the 2019-2020 campaign, Abdou was often captaining the side, although he’s currently enduring a tricky spell following an injury sustained in a win at Monaco II back in September – his most recent outing.
But the veteran midfielder has missed just two matches – with Martigues’ most recent National 2 Group C fixture coming in October due to the league being suspended because of lockdown.
Abdou would appear in the final few years of his playing career having returned home to where it all started, but having made almost 350 appearances for Millwall, his contribution at The Den will never be forgotten.