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.
So on the anniversary of that infamous day at Selhurst Park, we’ve decided to celebrate Cantona – his goals, his brilliance, his arrogance, and even his flaws.
Cantona’s winner in the cup final vs Liverpool 💥 pic.twitter.com/PWezQGHpLU
— Marky Carter (@marky_carter) November 13, 2018
— @forgottengoals (@forgottengoals) December 15, 2018
Eric Cantona destruindo a defesa do Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/ZfXW6TPOyz
— Futebol442 (@futebol442) February 8, 2017
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 21, 2017
“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.
“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.
Cantona in his early years showing how to tackle… pic.twitter.com/S9GoFI7x7i
— Dirty Footballer 👊 (@DirtyFootbaIIer) April 13, 2018
On this day in 1995… Eric Cantona did this.pic.twitter.com/GewhglAPWp
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) January 25, 2020
“My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one i prefer is when I kicked the hooligan,” Cantona said.
#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
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
“I prefer to play and lose rather than win, because I know in advance I’m going to win,” Cantona said.
— 🇾🇪 MUFC The Religion (@manuthereligion) August 18, 2019