Eric Cantona quotes, a complete collection

Tue 06 April 2021 | 6:30

A look back at the best Eric Cantona quotes including his comments on the biggest players of the world to his famous Seagull quotes.

No one can argue against the fact that Eric Cantona is among the greatest and most influential football players of all time. A rebellious one of a kind footballer who dazzled the Old Trafford in one of its most glorious eras. To the Red Devil's fans, he was the King. A charismatic leader who became a legend at the club after guiding them to many domestic trophies.

Cantona reached star figure when he guided

Leeds United

to the last Football League First Division title in the 1992-93 season. He became a superstar at his next club, Manchester United, where he stayed for five season and won nine domestic trophies, including four Premier League titles.

Cantona was a true rebel. Nothing about him was ordinary. The way he pulled his collar up, his unique playing style and even his high temper which resulted in many Disciplinary issues and costed Manchester United a lot. Two of his most memorable moments at The Old Trafford were probably his unreal chip goal against Sunderland in 1996, And his kung Fu kick to a Crystal Palace fan's chest, for which Cantona was banned from football for 9 months.

Cantona never left Manchester United. He retired at his highest level after scoring a total of 125 goals and providing 65 assists in 319 games during his career. After retirement, Cantona continued to amaze his fans by becoming a professional actor. He is indeed one of the most enigmatic personalities in the history of football. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Eric Cantona



A complete collection of Eric Cantona quotes

A complete collection of Eric Cantona quotes including his footballing philosophy as well as his comments on Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.

Eric Cantona seagulls quote

In 1995, the French legendary player was involved in one of the most bizarre scenes in the history of football. Cantona hit a

Crystal Palace

diehard fan with a flying kung Fu kick in the chest after the fan constantly yelled at him. He was punished with a 9 months ban from football. Cantona reacted to his ban by a deep and philosophical quote which became famous as the

Eric Cantona seagulls



"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

"My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan."

Eric Cantona best quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Rivalry

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between

Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo

fans. Cantona has praised both Messi and Ronaldo many times. The followings are Eric Cantona best quotes about Messi and Ronaldo:

"What would 2020 bring? Maybe Messi will accidentally reveal his alien form when two tentacles fall out of his shorts during a game or a Cup game against Real Sociedad. There's no way a human being can be so good. He has to be from outer space right?"

(Talking about his wishes for 2020)

"Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world right now. He is a genuine artist. "His style of play fits Manchester United's very well, and the reverse is true also."

(About Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid, Which did not sound like a good idea for Cantona)

Greatest Eric Cantona quotes on football

Eric Cantona was a great football player. Truly one of the best in the history of football. He was one of those players who demonstrate their creativity and character on the field with a level close to perfection. It is fair to say that he knew football by heart and instincts. The followings are the Greatest

Eric Cantona quotes

on football.

"Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing."

"Sometimes you surprise the goalkeeper and sometimes the goalkeeper surprises you. In my career, I tried to do more of the first than the second."

"The real fans of football come from the working class. Now they cannot afford to come and watch the game."

“If you have only one passion in life – football – and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself.”

“I’m proud of what I achieved there, but a life built on memories is not much of a life.”

"You can change your wife, your politics, your religion, but never, never can you change your favorite football team."

"A good goal is one that is important and beautiful."

"The ball is like a woman, she loves to be caressed."

"Whatever happens, there are always things you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have scored a third. That's perfectionism. That's what makes you progress in life."

"The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that's a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on."

"Without spontaneity in any sport, you cannot succeed."

"We can be eaten by techniques and forget what we have inside of us."

You retire, but you're still aching to play. But in order to play, you have to resist certain temptations, and train hard. And I just didn't have the desire to do that anymore.

Eric Cantona quotes about himself and his life

Cantona is a very self-expressive character. Fans loved him for his self-confidence and blunt comments about himself and others. Cantona became a professional artist after retiring from football, which was understandable, given the level of creativity he demonstrated on the football pitch. In this part we will have a look at Eric Cantona quotes about himself, his life and his careers.

Eric Cantona quotes about his own character:

“I prefer to play and lose rather than win, because I know in advance I’m going to win.”

"It's my country but I don't want to know about France - I was born there but I feel English. The French have only negative things to say about everything and everyone."

“I’m so proud the fans still sing my name, but I fear tomorrow they will stop. I fear it because I love it. And everything you love, you fear you will lose.”

“I am not a man, I am Cantona.”

“I didn’t study; I live.”

"I apologize for nothing."

"I play with passion and fire. I have to accept that sometimes this fire does harm."

"I don't play against any team in particular. I play to fight against defeat."

"I stopped playing football because I'd done as much as I could. I needed something which was going to excite me as much as football had excited me."

"I feel close to the rebelliousness of the youth here. Perhaps time will separate us, but nobody can deny that here, behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music."

"I always planned to retire when I was at the top and at Manchester United I have reached the pinnacle of my career."

"Anyone who is different or is slightly out of the norm, is considered crazy."

"You need a particular talent only to want to please. I don't have this talent."

"I am very mistrustful of people who are constantly over intellectualising things. It kills passion. You have to allow yourself to lose control from time to time."

"My father's parents were from Sardinia and my mother's from



"Become a legend? But I am already."

"I don't need to be involved with a game watched by millions of people to be fulfilled."

My ancestors were fighters, something I have inherited.

I live to feel myself in danger.

I have to wear clothes but I don't like to give an idea of what I am with clothes.

Being French, to me, is first and foremost being a revolutionary.

I know that I have a face, a look, people aren't used to seeing. A presence.

I think I have a sense of mischief and that I can laugh at myself.

"I love to go to the coast and stand in the ocean. It is so strong. And we are nothing. We are so pretentious."

Eric Cantona quotes about his career as an actor and a photographer:

"I like to be fascinated by the people I photograph. Sometimes I don't admire them but I'm interested in them."

"I observe the world and the people surrounding me."

"Actually, I wanted to act even when I was still playing football."

"I'm lucky to have the privilege of being able to choose what I want to do."

Some films I say no to and they end up working very well, but I don't care, I just want to do something exciting.

I try to find different ways of expressing myself. Without that I will die.

You can lose in cinema too if you don't put on a good performance.

I like to stay at home and make cinema in my head.

"In football you have an adversary; in cinema that adversary is yourself."

"I don't want to be in 'Terminator'. I don't want to go to Hollywood."

Eric Cantona famous quotes about football figures

The followings are

Eric Cantona famous quotes

about the football figures including his quotes on Didier Deschamps, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sir Alex Ferguson.

On Didier Deschamps:

“Deschamps gets by because he always gives 100 per cent, but he will never be anything more than a water carrier.”

On George Best:

“After his first training session in heaven, George Best, from the favorite right wing, turned the head of God who was filling in at left back. I would love him to save me a place in his team, George Best that is, not God.”

On Manchester United:

Manchester United

is stronger than anybody in the world.”

"We knew that you don't get to be world champions without a struggle."

On French beach football team:

"We won the European Championship last September and now the world title. That is some year for French beach soccer! Now comes the hard part. We have to keep improving and that's difficult because it's tough to do better than winning a world title."

On Javier Pastore:

"For me, today, the best player in the world, the most exciting player in the world, is Pastore from Paris St Germain. Why? Because I watched two games just to see Pastore playing, giving passes. He has got something special,"


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

when he signed for Manchester United:

“There can only be one king in Manchester, you can be the prince if you want.”

On Sir Alex Ferguson:

"You may find another Beckham or Ronaldo, but never ever will you find another Sir Alex Ferguson."

"Those who hate or disrespect Sir Alex Ferguson, it's only because he snatched away their dreams of winning."

Eric Cantona quotes on God, Life and Death

We wrap up our article on Eric Cantona quotes with his best comments on the philosophy of God, Life and death. H

"When times are difficult, I tell myself, 'I'm just passing through.'"

"Sometimes you get submerged by emotion. I think it's very important to express it - which doesn't necessarily mean hitting someone."

"I don't think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us."

“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 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, wars will still kill us, but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you.”

"When people are talking about you, it means that you exist."

"When you are a rich man you are proud to own a Rolls Royce and when you are a poor man you are proud to own a Renault."

"Children go where they find sincerity and authenticity."

"I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery."

"Certainly take the advice of others but always, always be yourself."

"I see the world become so uniform. Everybody has to be the same. I like people who are different."

"An artist in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud, who stretches cords from steeple to steeple and garlands from window to window. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity."

Sometimes in life one experiences an emotion which is so strong that it is difficult to think, or to reason.

Some people need to stay at the top. They are afraid to re-start from zero because they fear the critics.

For me, I don't like it when there is too much interference in our lives. We're not children. It is our own life in our hands.

Every experience makes you a man.

"He who has regrets cannot look himself in the mirror."

If someone is too perfect they won't look good. Imperfection is important.

What is the system? It revolves around the banks, the system is built on the power of the banks, so it can be destroyed through the banks.

We all seem to be about aggression and greed. It's a massive pressure that affects us all.

A home is crucial, the foundation of a stable family. It is unacceptable that people often have to make huge sacrifices just to find a place to live, a roof over their heads.

I think life is a big game we play.

"I'm sure I will not die. I'll be the first and I'm sure I will find a solution."

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