Cantona to be honoured with UEFA President’s Award

LAUSANNE (AFP) – Former Manchester United and France legend Eric Cantona is to receive the UEFA President’s Award at the Champions League draw in Monaco this week.

The 53-year-old, who won five English championships with Leeds United and Manchester United in the 1990s and two French titles with Marseille, joins an illustrious list of previous recipients which includes Johann Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano and Eusebio.

Cantona is the 3rd Manchester United player to receive the award after Bobby Charlton in 2008 and David Beckham last year.

“This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is – a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values.

“He often speaks his mind and in particular puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

Former French international Eric Cantona. PHOTO: AFP