Eric Cantona became the third legend to be inducted in Premier League Hall of Fame
Former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona became the third player after Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry to be inducted in Premier League Hall of Fame.
Cantona scored 70 goals in 156 PL appearances for Man Utd, where he won the league title four times in five seasons at Old Trafford before his retirement in May 1997.
“I am very happy and very proud and at the same time, I am not surprised!” said 54-year-old Cantona, who described himself as the “exception” among the shortlist of nominees.
“Of course, to play in England was a dream. It is a dream of everybody to play in the Premier League.
Eric was one of the players who helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to end their 26-year league title drought following his move from Leeds United early in the competition’s inaugural 1992/93 season.
“I have been lucky to play in this [Manchester United] team with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans.
“It was the football I dreamt about because Manchester United is a club where they want to win things but in a good way. It was like this in the time of Matt Busby. This is the identity of this club, the philosophy of this club.”
Man Utd’s all time top scorer Alan Shearer and Arsenal’s greatest Theirry Henry were the first players to be given the honour.
The candidates are now down to a 22-men shortlist.
Nominees for the next six Hall of Fame inductees?
- Tony Adams
- David Beckham
- Dennis Bergkamp
- Sol Campbell
- Andrew Cole
- Ashley Cole
- Didier Drogba
- Les Ferdinand
- Rio Ferdinand
- Robbie Fowler
- Steven Gerrard
- Roy Keane
- Frank Lampard
- Matt Le Tissier
- Michael Owen
- Peter Schmeichel
- Paul Scholes
- John Terry
- Robin van Persie
- Nemanja Vidic
- Patrick Viera
- Ian Wright.