(CNN) — At an event at which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been in attendance, who would have believed 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 with a bemusing speech, during which he prophesied that humans would eventually become immortal and offered Shakespeare in Thursday’s Champions League draw.
Even the Premier League winner abandon the audience puzzled after receiving the President’s Award in Monaco.
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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 just have the ability to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will resolve the cells to the condition and so we will become eternal.
« Merely injuries, crimes, wars, could still kill us but unfortunately, crimes, wars, could multiply. I really like football. Thank you »
Even the footballer-turned-actor slightly misquoted the Earl of Gloucester from the Bard’s »King Lear, » departing the star-studded crowd in a stunned silence, sharing awkward glances.
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The world’s two greatest players in the past decade had no idea what went on.
Nor did the majority of the audience.
Former player turned pundit Gary Linekar, meanwhile, saw it for teams drawn in groups that were demanding as peace.
However, given for launching into monologues loosely based on football, Cantona form, we should not be surprised by this particular philosophical musing.
In 1995, after winning his fascination with a two-week prison sentence for blowing off a abusive football fan in the torso, he said: »When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown to the sea. »
Whether footballer or initials, Eric Cantona never fails to entertain.
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