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Eric Cantona Delivers Perplexing Speech at UCL Draw, Twitter Toasts it With Memes

Eric Cantona was awarded the UEFA presidential award at the Champions League draw but it was his speech that took the cake.

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Updated:August 30, 2019, 9:32 AM IST
Eric Cantona Delivers Perplexing Speech at UCL Draw, Twitter Toasts it With Memes
Eric Cantona's speech at Champions League draw left Twitter confused. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Monaco: Former Manchester United and France great Eric Cantona gave a typically perplexing speech after collecting the UEFA presidential award at the Champions League draw that either left people scratching their heads or marvel at his deep and intense words.

Cantona said "only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us, but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football."

It came after Cantona, who was fondly referred to as King Eric by fans of former club Manchester United, was asked to give his thoughts on receiving the accolade in Monaco.

Dressed in a red shirt and grey cap, Cantona started off by invoking William Shakespeare's King Lear: "As flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods."

He added: "They will kill us for the sport. Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the aging of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal."

Cantona was known as an original thinker on and off the pitch, and has a history of making nonsensical statements. At a news conference in February 1995 after he was handed an eight-month ban for jumping into the stands and kicking a fan in England, Cantona's only comment before walking out of the room was: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." Soon after Cantona's speech, Twitter went abuzz with people trying to figure out the meaning behind his speech with some even sharing a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi apparently looking confused.

However, a few also came forward and said that Cantona's speech is laced with the politics of today and that it was intense and for the time we live in.

(With AP inputs)

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