Manchester United legend Eric Cantona received the UEFA President’s Award in Monaco. The Iconic Frenchman was praised by the President of continental football body, Aleksander Caferin. At the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday, Caferin described Cantona as someone who has done a lot of good for the game.
Before United, he featured for Auxerre, Marseille and Nimes in France before moving to Leeds United where he won a title prior to his Manchester switch.
Caferin said after hanging up his boots, Cantona became an actor and commentator but remained steadfast in influencing his community for good. Cantona is a known figure for his charity works including Common Goal initiative.
The initiative, co-founded by Manchester United star Juan Mata – supports high impact football charities all over the world. It is funded by football personalities who contribute 1% of their annual salary.
Cantona said he was pleased to receive the award, and spoke about his commitment to helping a lot of people through football.