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It's Exactly Two Years Since Eric Cantona Left Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Stunned With Acceptance Speech

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It's Exactly Two Years Since Eric Cantona Left Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Stunned With Acceptance Speech

Two years ago, the great Eric Cantona left viewers baffled after his acceptance speech about Gods, wars and crimes after collecting the UEFA President's Award.

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.

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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 ageing 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.

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This speech was another reason why the Frenchman has become a hero since retiring, having 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."

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Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Lionel Messi, UEFA, Champions League, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo

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