Two years ago, the legendary Eric Cantona confused audiences with his acceptance speech after receiving the UEFA President’s Award by talking about Gods, wars, and crimes.
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, presented the award to the legendary Manchester United player before the Champions League group stage draw.
The Frenchman’s outstanding football career, support of philanthropic organizations, and contribution to bettering people’s lives all around the world were all recognized by the prize.
But it was his speech that confused several witnesses, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cantona began by mentioning that he had been sent by the Gods before delving into specifics concerning crimes and battles.
“We are for the gods like flies to wanton lads; they murder us for their amusement,” he declared.
“Not only will science soon be able to slow down cell aging, but it will also be able to restore cells to their original form. As a result, we live forever.
“Only crimes, accidents, and wars will still claim our lives. But regrettably, there will be more crimes and battles. I adore football. I’m grateful.”
What did that mean in reality, then? Not too much, according to “King Eric” himself.
Later that year, he stated on United’s official website: “Really, I didn’t give the speech much thought.
“This passage from Shakespeare’s King Lear caught my attention as I was reading an article this morning about a Francis Bacon show in Paris. I began carrying out it.”
Cantona has earned a reputation for his outbursts of insanity ever since his playing days, when he fly-kicked a supporter at Selhurst Park.
Following his retirement, the Frenchman shared an odd X-rated video online of someone shattering an egg. This speech was another reason why he has gained fame.
Additionally, he took no money for his appearance in a music video for rock icon Liam Gallagher. Cantona brought his own wine to the shoot and asked for nothing in exchange.
“This award honors him for who he is as a person as well as for his career as a player of the highest caliber,” stated UEFA president Ceferin.
Specifically, “[he is] a man who throws his heart and soul into supporting the things he believes in.” He also “refuses to compromise, stands up for his convictions, speaks his mind.”