Eric Cantona

Where is Eric Cantona now?

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona retired from professional football in 1997 aged just 30 after five successful years at Old Trafford.

An integral part of the resurgence of Alex Ferguson’s side in the early 1990’s, Cantona won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his time at the North West giants.

During this period he also won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award and Footballer of the Year.

His skills on the field were not the only reason that he was making headlines during his time at United with disciplinary an issue.

This came to a head in 1995 when he aimed a kung fu kick at a fan during a game at Crystal Palace which resulted in an eight month ban from football.

At the press conference after the incident he delivered one of the most famous football quotes of all time, “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much”.

However, he also showed a compassionate side to his character which was referred to in Roy Keane‘s 2014 book The Second Half where he recalled the time that Eric Cantona gave young players Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes £8,000 each after he won £16,000 in an end of season lottery.

If you want to read more stories on Keane and Cantona’s relationship you can buy his book here.

 
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After quitting the 11-a-side game he and went on to captain and also manage the French international beach football side winning the FIFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Brazil in 2005.

In 2011 Cantona returned to football with the newly reformed New York Cosmos as director of football but left the post after a year.

Away from football he has pursued a career in the film industry where he has been both behind and in front of the camera.

He has recently made a documentary called Football and Immigration – 100 years of Common History and also reprised his acting career in a film called Salvation.

He is also the face of French lager brand Kronenbourg 1664 and appears in their UK television adverts.

He now resides with his family in Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2019 he was awarded the UEFA President’s Award for his commitment to helping improve the lives of others.

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Eric Cantona: Premier League Statistics

NationalityFrench
PositionForward
Appearances156
Goals70
Yellow Cards15
Red Cards3
Premier League Teams Played forLeeds United, Manchester United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com