HALL OF FAME: Manchester United legend Eric Cantona inducted into Premier League hall of fame
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has become the latest player inducted into the Premier League’s hall of fame.
Cantona, who United signed from Leeds in 1992, went on to play 156 times in the Premier League. The French striker scored 70 goals and 56 assists before retiring in 1997.
He helped Manchester United win four of their thirteen Premier League titles and there will be little debate about the majestic forward joining Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry in the hall of fame.
‘Very happy and very proud’
The Premier League described him as ‘commanding and charismatic’ when announcing it via Twitter. The inductees were voted for by fans from a shortlist of players.
Cantona will now get a personalised medallion engraved with the year 2021 to mark when he was inducted.
Cantona himself said, “I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised, I would’ve been surprised not to be elected!”
“I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.
“We won and it was the football I dreamed about because Manchester United, it’s a club where they want to win things but in a good way.”
Controversy no barrier
Cantona dazzled on the pitch and scored some iconic goals including a mazy run against Sunderland which is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best ever.
However, his career was not without controversy. Moving from bitter rivals Leeds to Manchester United was a minor compared to an incident on the 25th January 1995 when after being sent off, he then proceeded to Kung-fu kick a Crystal Palace fan before repeatedly punching him.
That led to criminal charges and an eight month ban from all football with the FA chief executive at the time calling the attack ‘a stain on our game’. He then retired from the game in 1997 at the age of 30 to pursue a career as an actor.
However, FourFourTwo magazine said in 2018, “He cultivated what would become the hallmarks of United for two decades: attacking football, ingenuity, aggression and an utter insistence on winning.”
Clearly, fans feel the same as the Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is inducted into the hall of fame.
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