(CNN) — In an event at which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been in attendance, who’d have thought a 53-year-old guy dressed in a crumpled red flannel top and flat cap would be the headline act?
Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona stole the show in Thursday’s Champions League draw using a speech, during which he prophesied that individuals would become immortal and quoted Shakespeare.
The Premier League winner made the crowd puzzled after receiving the President’s Award in Monaco by 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 explained.
“Shortly the science will not only be able to slow down the aging of the cells, shortly the science will resolve the cells into the nation and so we’ll end up eternal.
“Just injuries, crimes, wars, will still kill us but sadly, offenses, wars, could multiply. I like football. Thank you”
The footballer-turned-actor slightly misquoted the Earl of Gloucester in the Bard’s”King Lear,” leaving the star-studded audience in a stunned silence, sharing awkward glances.
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The planet’s two best players in the last decade had no clue what was going on.
Nor did most of their audience.
Former participant turned pundit Gary Linekar, meanwhile, watched it for groups as reward.
But given Cantona’s previous form for launching into monologues according to soccer, we shouldn’t be overly surprised with this musing.
In 1995, after winning his appeal against a prison sentence for blowing off 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”
Initials or whether footballer, Eric Cantona never fails to amuse.
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