Eric Cantona quotes

Born
May 24, 1966, Marseille, France.

Occupation
Footballer (soccer player), actor.

Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United.

My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer it when I kicked the hooligan.
– Eric Cantona
I didn’t study; I live.
– Eric Cantona
I started beach football in Monte Carlo when I retired from football in 1997. I liked the game very much.
– Eric Cantona
I’m proud of what I achieved there, but a life built on memories is not much of a life.
– Eric Cantona
This is quite an elitist film and I’m not sure that every Manchester United fan would like it. It’s not an action movie that you might go to to relax.
– Eric Cantona
We knew that you don’t get to be world champions without a struggle.
– Eric Cantona
Not really. I watched some Chelsea games and I don’t really like the way they play.
– Eric Cantona
The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that’s a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on.
– Eric Cantona
In football you have an adversary; in cinema that adversary is yourself.
– Eric Cantona
Sometimes in life one experiences an emotion which is so strong that it is difficult to think, or to reason.
– Eric Cantona
I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery.
– Eric Cantona
There were moments – I would be daydreaming – I would imagine scenes, even if there wasn’t a camera around. In my head, I was acting.
– Eric Cantona
It is enjoyable to make things visible which are invisible.
– Eric Cantona
If you have only one passion in life – football – and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself.
– Eric Cantona
I try to find different ways of expressing myself. Without that I will die.
– Eric Cantona
Even as a footballer, I was always being creative.
– Eric Cantona
Actually, I wanted to act even when I was still playing football.
– Eric Cantona
You can lose in cinema too if you don’t put on a good performance.
– Eric Cantona
I prefer to play and lose rather than win, because I know in advance I’m going to win.
– Eric Cantona
Sometimes you get submerged by emotion. I think it’s very important to express it – which doesn’t necessarily mean hitting someone.
– Eric Cantona
I stopped playing football because I’d done as much as I could. I needed something which was going to excite me as much as football had excited me.
– Eric Cantona
Whatever happens, there are always things you could have done better. You score two goals and you usually feel you could have done better.You score two goals and you usually feel you could have scored a third. That’s perfectionism. That’s what makes you progress in life.
– Eric Cantona
Fowler was so good at 18, and four, five years later, at 23 or 24, finished, not even for England, not even for the best teams. Finished. Completely. Out. Why?
– Eric Cantona
Often there are players who have only football as a way of expressing themselves and never develop other interests. And when they no longer play football, they no longer do anything; they no longer exist, or rather they have the sensation of no longer existing.
– Eric Cantona
I don’t want to be in Terminator. I don’t want to go to Hollywood.
– Eric Cantona
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown in to the sea.
– Eric Cantona
I love Rooney as a player. But I am a bit worried. Rooney can become the best player in the world at 25, 26, if he knows that in football you need to be strong, train hard, go to bed early, be careful what you are eating, what you are drinking, what you do in life.
– Eric Cantona
I manage a team, for beach soccer. I’m the coach. Player, coach.
– Eric Cantona
On sand, you can never be sure of anything. An ordinary shot can take a wicked deflection at the last moment.
– Eric Cantona
We won the European Championship last September and now the world title. That is some year for French beach soccer! Now comes the hard part. We have to keep improving and that’s difficult because it’s tough to do better than winning a world title.
– Eric Cantona