Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona stole the present at Thursday’s Champions League draw with a bemusing speech, throughout which he quoted Shakespeare and prophesied that people would turn into immortal.
The four-time Premier League winner left the viewers puzzled along with his acceptance speech after receiving the President’s Award in Monaco from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods, they kill us for his or her sport,” Cantona stated.
“Quickly the science won’t solely be capable to decelerate the ageing of the cells, quickly the science will repair the cells to the state and so we are going to turn into everlasting.
“Solely accidents, crimes, wars, will nonetheless kill us however sadly, crimes, wars, will multiply. I like soccer. Thanks.”
The footballer-turned-actor barely misquoted the Earl of Gloucester within the Bard’s “King Lear,” leaving the star-studded crowd in a surprised silence, sharing awkward glances.
The world’s two finest gamers from the previous decade had no concept what was occurring.
Nor did a lot of the viewers.
Former participant turned pundit Gary Linekar, in the meantime, noticed it as reassurance for groups drawn in powerful teams.
However given Cantona’s earlier type for launching into monologues loosely primarily based on soccer, we should not be too stunned by this philosophical musing from the Frenchman.
In 1995, after profitable his attraction towards a two-week jail sentence for kicking an abusive soccer fan within the chest, he stated: “When the seagulls observe the trawler, it’s as a result of they assume sardines can be thrown into the ocean.”
Whether or not footballer or thinker, Eric Cantona by no means fails to entertain.