(CNN) — In an event at which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been in attendance, who would have thought a 53-year-old man dressed in a crumpled red flannel shirt and horizontal cap would be the headline act?
Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona stole the show with a speech, where he prophesied that humans would eventually become immortal and offered Shakespeare at Thursday’s Champions League draw.
The Premier League winner made the audience puzzled after receiving the President’s Award in Monaco from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
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„As flies to wanton boys are we to the godsthey kill us for their sport,“ Cantona said.
„Soon the science won’t only have the ability to slow the ageing of these cells, soon the science will resolve the cells into the state and so we’ll end up eternal.
„Just injuries, crimes, wars, could still kill us but sadly, crimes, wars, will multiply. I love football. Thank you.“
The footballer-turned-actor slightly misquoted the Earl of Gloucester in the Bard’s“King Lear,“ departing the star-studded audience in a stunned silence, sharing awkward glances.
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The planet’s two best players from the last decade had no idea what was going on.
Nor did the majority of the crowd.
Former player turned pundit Gary Linekar, meanwhile, saw it as peace for teams drawn in groups that were tough.
But given for launch into monologues according to football Cantona’s preceding variant, we should not be surprised by this musing.
In 1995, after winning his appeal against a prison sentence for blowing off an abusive football fan in the chest, he said:“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown to the sea“
Initials or whether footballer, Eric Cantona never fails to entertain.