Eric Cantona's Bizarre Acceptance Speech Leaves Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Baffled
Eric Cantona left viewers baffled after his acceptance speech about Gods, wars and crimes after collecting the UEFA President's Award on Thursday night.
The Manchester United legend picked up his gong ahead of the Champions League group stage draw from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
The award recognised the Frenchman's amazing football career and his support of charitable causes and helping to improve lives around the world.
But it was his speech that left onlookers - including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - a bit perplexed.
Cantona talked about being sent from the Gods before going into details about crimes and wars.
He said: "Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the aging of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state. And so we become eternal."
"Only accidents, crimes and wars will still kill us. But unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you."
Ever since his playing days when he fly-kicked a fan at Selhurst Park, Cantona has become known for his moments of madness.
This speech on Thursday night was another reason why the Frenchman has become a hero since retiring.
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A few months ago, he posted a bizarre X-rated video online of somebody smashing an egg.
"This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is," said UEFA boss Ceferin.
"[He is] a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and, in particular, puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in."
Shortly after Cantona's strange speech, the draw for the group stage did eventually get underway - with reignings champions Liverpool and Premier League winners Manchester City avoiding tough draws but Spurs and Chelsea having their work cut out.
Real Madrid and PSG were both paired in Group A, with a tasty-looking Group F seeing Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and expected whipping boys Slavia Prague lock horns.
The first matchweek is on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September, before two rounds of fixtures in October, two in November and the final round on December 10/11.