Eric Cantona

Where is Eric Cantona now?

Former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona retired from 11 a side football at the relatively young age of 30 and instead went on to captain the French international beach football side.

He also managed the side that won the 2005 FIFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Brazil.

Alongside his beach football career Cantona has appeared in numerous TV commercials and films and he has also provided vocals on French rock band Dionysos’s album “La mechanique du couer”.

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

In Roy Keane‘s 2014 book The Second Half 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.

Eric Cantona is currently concentrating on his film making and acting career. 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.

Cantona hit the headlines once again in May 2015 when it was reported that he was suing former employer New York Cosmos for $1 million in unpaid wages following his dismissal in 2014.

Cantona had an extremely successful time in the Premier League winning four titles in five years with Manchester United.

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

Eric Cantona kick – Cantona’s skills on the field were not the only reason that he was making headlines.

His disciplinary was also an issue which came to a head 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 Eric Cantona 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”.

Eric Cantona is currently the face of French lager brand Kronenbourg 1664 and appears in their UK television adverts.

He now resides with his family in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Eric Cantona: Premier League Statistics

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