Eric Cantona, born on 24 May 1966 in Marseille, France, is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for France national team. He is called “King” by loyal fans for his unparalleled leadership.
In youth team of AJ Auxerre
Eric Cantona joined the youth team in 1981 and one year later he and the team won the title of Coupe Gambardella.
In Leeds United Association Football Club
In 1991, Cantona joined Leeds, an England professional football club, because of his conflict with other players. Leeds won the final Football League First Division championship before it was replaced by the Premier League as the top division in English football. Cantona made 15 appearances scoring three goals.
In Manchester United Football Club
Cantona transferred to Manchester United Football Club for £1.2 million in November, 1991. He made his competitive debut against Manchester City at Old Trafford on 6 December 1992, wearing the shirt with number 12. Manchester United won 2–1 Manchester City. In 1993-94 season, Cantona helped the club won the titles of Premier League and FA Cup. Therefore, he got the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
In France national team
Cantona, putting on France football shirt, finished his debut against Bundesrepublik Deutschland and scored one goal for the national team.
In 1996, he was the central figure in a Nike commercial titled “Good vs Evil” in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphitheatre. There were other football players from around the world, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert and Jorge Campos They defend “the beautiful game” against a team of demonic warriors, which ended with Cantona striking the ball and destroying evil.
Eric Cantona announced his retirement in 1997. After that, he focused his later career mostly as an actor in French cinema.