Eric Cantona is the latest player to be inducted into Premier League Hall of Fame, joining Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.
Eric Cantona is the latest player to join the Premier League Hall of Fame. The former Manchester United man joins fellow strikers Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer. The Frenchman has won four League titles in five season for the Red Devils.
“I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised,” he told the Premier League on his induction.
Cantona’s first interview since the induction is typical Cantona. “I would’ve been surprised not to be elected!”
“I played football, I loved football, I dreamed about football as a kid,” Cantona rejoiced. “Playing in England was a dream, it was a dream for everybody, playing for the Premier League.
“I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.
“We won and we really enjoyed, 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.
“It was like this in the time of Matt Busby, it’s the identity and philosophy of this club.”
Cantona joined Manchester United in the 1992-93 Premier League season and the Frenchman went on to score 70 goals and provide 56 assists in 156 appearances for Alex Ferguson’s side. He helped Manchester United win four League title in Five season before announcing his retirement at the age of 30.
Cantona is first of six inductees choosen form a list of 23-man shortlist after fans vote. The 23-man list contains legends of the game.
Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel, Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic are all potential inductees.
Chelsea legends Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are also potential candidates. Arsenal heroes Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright and Sol Campbell could also get the nod.