Manchester United great, Eric Cantona was presented with the President’s Award from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in Monaco last night in honour of his legendary football career and charity work.
But the 54-year-old Frenchman stole the show by quoting Shakespeare’s King Lear as a part of his acceptance speech, baffling many in the process.
Those in the audience were visibly unsettled by Cantona’s ‘bizarre’ speech.
As flies to wanton boys, we are to the Gods. They kill us for the sport. Soon the science will not only be able to throw down the ageing of the cells, the science will fix the cells to the state, and so we’ll become … only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us. But unfortunately, crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you.
You can watch the video here:
Eric Cantona’s speech at tonight’s #UCL draw was…something 😳 pic.twitter.com/S1YpDHFS8M— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 29, 2019
Twitter obviously had an insane reaction to King Cantona’s unusual speech.
When I thought I couldn’t love Eric Cantona more, he delivered that speech ❤️⚽️🔴 #Cantona #MUFC— Renate Walle (@RenateWalle7) August 29, 2019
Cantona got me like…. 😅 #cantona #ChampionsLeague #football pic.twitter.com/7pKT1yStGm— John Nellis (@IRISHFI1) August 29, 2019
I need the stuff his smoking. #cantona pic.twitter.com/mndqxgCD1t— Mo Ismail Maiter (@Mo_Maiter) August 29, 2019
#Cantona last night at the #UEFAawards— Graeme Rayner (@B1g_Daddy_G) August 30, 2019
What a fucking legend. pic.twitter.com/rln2jkxSKJ
Brilliant –— Joe McLoughlin (@TECSDirector) August 30, 2019
“As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods,
They kill us for their sport.”
King Lear Act 4, scene 1#ilovefootball #Cantona https://t.co/YdabOilOx9
F**king Legend!— Chad Hoschka (@ChadHoschka) August 30, 2019
Someone needs that whole bloody speech tattooed on their back ASAP!!#Cantona https://t.co/xnyQ2oY5Pv
Unfortunately, crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you.— The Manliness Venture (@ManlinessVentur) August 30, 2019
Eric #Cantona#UEFAChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/wSiiDp7sSn
Eric #Cantona is living in the future. We’re so far behind that man’s brain, it’s insane! Long live the king!— Tobias Hellquist (@Hellqvisttri) August 30, 2019
No it’s not. He quotes King Lear. He says the best of humanity is capable of amazing things but the worst of behaviour too, and that cruelty will prevail. But there is always the beautiful game. Easy #Cantona https://t.co/RjddurrsPQ— Susan Dalgety (@DalgetySusan) August 29, 2019
#PiomPiom #Cantona— Eze Gburu Gburu 1™© (@Prof_aboki) August 29, 2019
Only Cantona could use a quote from King Lear. The befuddlement on Ronaldo’s & Messi’s faces were a joy to behold they looked like wanton boys…
Read the full speech in the thread… pic.twitter.com/eWckVz7f8w
Faces in audience say it all. #cantona pic.twitter.com/yJqkmntJpp— Smudge. (@GGS80) August 29, 2019
A speech like that just reminds me how much I love Cantona. There’s a fine line between genius and insanity and soccer fans have been lucky to watch Cantona flirt with that line on and off the pitch for decades.— John Gibson ⭕️ (@SeanRuaSF) August 29, 2019
Eric is and always will be the King. Long live the King. #Cantona pic.twitter.com/LlnSAfaHL2
Eric Cantona was clearly having a dig at the powers that be that cause war and environmental degradation that affect him an life span negatively.— Oseite (@BenOshior) August 29, 2019
Surely you don’t have to be stoned to realise this. #UCLdraw #Cantona
They should put #Cantona in charge of #Brexit immediately.— Colin McNicholas (@tickles23) August 29, 2019
The sequal to the seagulls? #UCLdraw #Cantona— DΔИИY MΞLGΞЯ ▶️ (@DannyMelger) August 29, 2019
Well, let’s just say Eric Cantona has been living in the future for a very long time now.