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 Cantona gave young players Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes £8,000 each after he won £16,000 in an end of season lottery.
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After quitting the 11-a-side game he started a new career in beach football where he captained and also managed the French international side until 2011 winning the FIFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Brazil in 2005.
Returning to the traditional format of the game later that year, he joined the newly reformed New York Cosmos as director of football but was sacked 18 months later after an altercation with a photographer.
Away from football he has pursued a career in the film industry and has made a documentary called Football and Immigration – 100 years of Common History as well as acting in a number of international films.
He is also the face of French lager brand Kronenbourg 1664 and appears in their UK television adverts.
In 2019 he was awarded the UEFA President’s Award for his commitment to helping improve the lives of others.
Now residing with his family in Portugal it was rumoured at the start of 2020 that he would rejoin former side Man United as a club ambassador however as yet nothing has been confirmed.
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Eric Cantona: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Leeds United, Manchester United|
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