Eric Cantona was presented with an award during this evening’s Champions League draw – and proceeded to deliver one of his famous cryptic speeches as he accepted.
Some of football’s biggest names were present at the glitzy bash in Nyon, with Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City and defending champions Liverpool all learning their fate for this season’s group stages.
Whilst Manchester United weren’t represented after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season, one of their most famous players, Cantona, was, as he was handed this year’s UEFA President’s Award.
The honour is bestowed to the Frenchman as a way of recognising his contributions to football, and the great man had prepared one his philosophical musings:
If you didn’t quite catch that, Cantona said: “As flies to wanton boys, we are for 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.”
It’s gone slightly above our heads but, hey, fair play to him, eh?
Never change, Eric. Never change.