A short summary of Eric Cantona

Many people know Cantona for his time at Manchester United and his Kung fu kit against a Crystal Palace supporter! But there is much more to him than this. Positive and Negative. In my eyes the most unique player ever!
Where do we start? CantonaLet’s just make a summary of the things that make him unique (good and bad)
• 3 red cards: In his career, Cantona got 3 red cards. I thought it would be more.
• He had to put his career on hold as he had to go to the army in 1984
• Cantona played his first cap for France in his early twenties
• In 1987 when he was fined for punching teammate Bruno Martini in the face
• In 1988 he again got in trouble because of a dangerous kung-fu tackle on Nantes player Michel Der Zakarian, resulting in a three-month suspension
• He was part of the French under-21 side that won the 1988 U21 European Championship, scoring a hat-trick in a quarter-final against the England under-21 side in the process
• In September 1988, angered after being dropped from the national team, Cantona referred to Michel as a “bag of shit” in a post-match TV interview and was indefinitely banned from all international matches
• In January 1989 during a friendly game against Torpedo Moscow, he kicked the ball at the crowd, then ripped off and threw away his shirt after being substituted
• At Montpellier, he was involved in a fight with teammate Jean-Claude Lemoult and threw his boots in Lemoult’s face. The incident led to six players demanding that Cantona be sacked
• In December 1991, during a match for Nîmes he threw the ball at the referee, having been angered by one of his decisions.
• After this incident, he announced his retirement from football on 16 December 1991
• Leeds United was his first English team and in he first year he won the First Division (Which is now called the premier league)
• In his first season at Manchester United he spat at a fan(Leeds United) and was fined £1,000 by the FA
• When he joined Manchester United they were 10th in the League and at the end of the season, they won the league. The first time in 26 years
• He had won a domestic league title with different clubs for three successive seasons, having helped Marseille win the French league title in 1991.
• In his second season, he was also voted PFA Player of the Year
• In his second season at Manchester United they won the League and FA Cup
• In his third season, the Kung Fu incident and Cantona was suspended for 8 months and Manchester did not win the league.
• On 3 February 1996, Cantona returned to Selhurst Park for the first time since the flying kick.[44] He scored twice as his side beat Wimbledon 4–2. In his fourth season, Manchester won the Double.
• Cantona retired after his last season at Man United. Winning the league for the fourth time in 5 years. He was 30 when he retired.
• Cantona scored a total of 64 league goals for Manchester United, 11 in domestic cup competitions, and 5 in the Champions League, bringing his tally to 80 goals in less than five years.
• Cantona went to Cosmos in 2011 but was fired after a confrontation with a photographer
• Cantona has frequently appeared in commercials and films after his career
I tried to keep this short!!

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