(CNN) — At an occasion where Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk were in attendance, who would have thought a 53-year-old man dressed in a crumpled red flannel shirt and horizontal cap are the headline act?
Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona stole the show using a bemusing speech, during which he offered Shakespeare and prophesied that individuals would become immortal at Thursday’s Champions League draw.
Even the four-time Premier League winner abandon 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 gods, they kill us for their sport,” Cantona stated.
“Shortly the science won’t only be able to slow the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the country and so we will become eternal.
“Only accidents, crimes, wars, will still kill us but unfortunately, offenses, wars, could multiply. I love soccer. Thank you”
The footballer-turned-actor slightly misquoted the Earl of Gloucester from 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 greatest players from the last decade had no clue what was going on.
Nor did most of their crowd.
Player turned pundit Gary Linekar, meanwhile, watched it for groups drawn in groups that were demanding as reassurance.
But given for launch into monologues loosely based on soccer, Cantona’s preceding variant, we shouldn’t be overly surprised by this philosophical musing from the Frenchman.
In 1995, after winning his appeal against a prison sentence for kicking an undercover soccer fan in the chest, he said:”When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
Whether footballer or philosopher, Eric Cantona never fails to amuse.