17 times Eric Cantona was the coolest footballer on the planet
Eric Cantona helped Leeds United win the last ever Division One title before becoming the catalyst for Manchester United’s dynasty under Sir Alex Ferguson. Most importantly, though, he was cool as f*ck.
Even in his retirement, the Frenchman did things in his own way, shocking the world by calling it a day just short of his 31st birthday.
We’ve decided to celebrate Cantona – his goals, his brilliance, his arrogance, and even his flaws.
The goal against Liverpool
Cantona’s winner in the cup final vs Liverpool 💥 pic.twitter.com/PWezQGHpLU
— Marky Carter (@marky_carter) November 13, 2018
The goal against Chelsea
— @forgottengoals (@forgottengoals) December 15, 2018
Eric Cantona destruindo a defesa do Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/ZfXW6TPOyz
— Futebol 442 (@futebol442) February 8, 2017
The iconic celebration
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 21, 2017
Even George Best loved Cantona
“I’d give all the champagne I’ve ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford,” Best said.
His tribute to George Best
“After his first training season in heaven, George Best, from the favourite right wing, turned the head of God, who was filling in at left-back,” Cantona said after Best passed away in 2005.
When he mocked Alan Hansen
In fact, he always made for great TV
It takes a brave man to cross him
Cantona in his early years showing how to tackle… pic.twitter.com/S9GoFI7x7i
— Dirty Footballer 👊 (@DirtyFootbaIIer) April 13, 2018
The Kung-Fu kick
On this day in 1995… Eric Cantona did this.pic.twitter.com/GewhglAPWp
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) January 25, 2020
And he really didn’t care
“My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan,” Cantona said.
That press conference
#OnThisDay in 1995, Eric Cantona was banned for nine months for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan 😳
Then came THAT press conference… pic.twitter.com/MDURb3fuc3
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 25, 2020
He starred in one of the greatest adverts of all time
He even put Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his place
Sir Alex Ferguson adored him
Sir Alex Ferguson sent Eric Cantona this letter after his decision to retire at 32 in 1997. pic.twitter.com/BUpld6T8zp
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) December 2, 2016
We loved his strange quotes
“I prefer to play and lose rather than win, because I know in advance I’m going to win,” Cantona said.
Cantona still remains cooler than everyone else
— 🇾🇪 MUFC The Religion (@manuthereligion) August 18, 2019