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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31765733 King Eric King+Eric Premier League

The best way to describe Eric Cantona: legendary. The Frenchman is known for his incredible goal scoring ability as well as his temper. After his time in France, he played a key role in returning Mancheseter United to glory.


Click through to see all of the highs and lows of King Eric's memorable career.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772371 French beginnings French+beginnings Premier League

The Marseille native began his career in the youth ranks with hometown club SO Caillolais. When he started playing soccer he was primarily a goalkeeper, same as his father, but as time went on he developed his attacking skills and would transition to a forward.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31765732 Pro debut Pro+debut Premier League

Cantona made his pro debut with French club Auxerre in 1983 and was used sparingly over a span of three years. After a loan spell to Martigues, he returned to Auxerre and scored over 20 goals the next two seasons.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772373 Tempers flare Tempers+flare Premier League

In 1987, Cantona's temper started to get the best of him. He punched his teammate Bruno Martini in the face, giving him a black eye, and Cantona was fined heavily by the club. After joining Marseille in 1988, he was banned for a year from the French national team after swearing at national coach Henri Michel. These were only the beginnings of his troubles.


In 1989, Cantona was suspended indefinitely by Marseille for kicking the ball into the crowd and throwing his shirt at the referee when he was taken out of a game. He went to Bordeaux on a loan and subsuquently moved to Montpellier. With his newest club, he was banned for 10 days after smashing his cleats into his teammate's face.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772375 Early retirement? Early+retirement%3F+ Premier League

Cantona signed for French club Nimes but was quickly banned for three games after throwing the ball at a referee. At the disciplinary hearing, he reportedly walked up to each committee member and called them idiots, which increased his ban to two months. Frustrated with the decision, Cantona decided to retire.


With the help of French national team coach Michel Platini, Cantona decided to make a comeback. His psychoanalyst recommended he not play in France, which led him to continue his career in England.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772372 Leeds United Leeds+United Premier League

Cantona signed with Leeds United in 1992 and helped the club to a League Championship. While he only scored three goals with the club, he played a key part in leading them team to victory and was often the catalyst of goalscoring attacks. He scored a hat trick the following campaign to secure a 4-3 Charity Shield victory over Liverpool. 

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772376 Manchester United Manchester+United Premier League

Cantona transfered to Manchester United during the 1992-93 season, and this was the club where he made a lasting impression in the world of soccer. He made his debut with the club in December of 1992 in the Manchester derby. In his first season, he helped the club to their first Premier League title in 26 years.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31772374 Titles aplenty Titles+aplenty Premier League

Cantona would go on to lead Manchester United to four league titles in his five years with the club, scoring double digit goals in all but one campaign. Along with the league domination, he led the club to two FA Cup victories as well as three Charity Shield wins.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31765734 "The Kung-Fu kick" %26quot%3BThe+Kung-Fu+kick%26quot%3B Premier League

In 1995, during a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, Cantona was sent off after blatantly kicking an opposing defender. According to Cantona, a Palace supporter was spewing racial remarks at the Frenchman as he made his way to the tunnel. Cantona sprinted towards the fan and launched an infamous kung-fu style kick.


The soccer world was in an uproar; he was given 120 hours of community service after appearing in court. He was also banned from soccer for eight months and fined two weeks' wages. Without Cantona's brilliance, United conceded the league to Blackburn during this season.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31765735 Legend status Legend+status Premier League

While he certainly came with off-the-field baggage, he had made a name for himself on the field and on the global stage; he became a legend in Manchester. He was nicknamed by the crowd as "King Eric" and was voted Manchester United's greatest ever player according to Inside United magazine.

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Premier League 433 43 Eric Cantona's best moments 31765736 Cantona's future Cantona%27s+future Premier League

In 2011, the New York Cosmos named Cantona their Director of Soccer. His message for the Cosmos was clear: "I will do everything that I can to help us first find our way to regain the No. 1 position in the United States, and then for us to become one of the best clubs in the world over the coming years.”

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