Eric Cantona remains an icon in his own right - not least because of his footballing skills.
We all remember the former Manchester United player's infamous philosophical response to that kung-fu kick controversy back in the 1990s, when he said: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."
Now, the Frenchman is at it again with a seriously profound/nonsensical speech that no one can quite make sense of, but everyone is talking about.
Cantona was accepting the UEFA President's Award last night when he made the sombre pronouncement, which began with a Shakespeare reference and seemingly had absolutely nothing to do with football.
How the presenter (and the audience) managed to keep such a poker face is beyond us. If this was in Ireland, you know the reaction would've been: "......... aahhhhhh g'wan outta that will ya, Eric!'
Here's the full text:
"As flies to wanton boys, we are to the gods. They kill us for the sport.
"Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells; soon the science will fix the cells to the state. And so we become eternal.
"Only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us. But unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply.
"I love football. Thank you."
People had their own interpretations...
Eric Cantona simply said science will grow up to the point where we can stop the gods from killing us at their will. Then we will be the masters of our destiny. The only caveat is that humans are too reckless to control such power, and there will be even more death. #UCLDRAW pic.twitter.com/UBijszZM38
— Tonye (@tendrack) August 29, 2019
"Soon science will fix cells ... and so we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you."
Messi and Ronaldo are all of us listening to Eric Cantona's speech. pic.twitter.com/NaeGZBC0Ow
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 29, 2019
— Chigozie Chukwuma (@caesar_mayor) August 30, 2019
Don't know about you, but I completely get what Eric Cantona is trying to say here at the #UCLDraw ceremony.
He always resented the fact that footballers had only so many years to play, and speaks of a time when medical science can slow the wear & tear.pic.twitter.com/aCGUTOG9fq
— DEEP DASTARDLY* (@srijandeep) August 29, 2019
Everyone: "All footballer acceptance speeches are the same"
Eric Cantona: "Hold my UEFA President's Award"
Legend 👏 pic.twitter.com/ImtjzUXOvA
— UEFA (@UEFA) August 29, 2019
Does Google Translate have an Eric Cantona function?
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 29, 2019