Eric Cantona

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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor, director, producer, and former professional footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest footballers of his generation, Cantona is credited as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force in the 1990s and having an iconic status at the club. A large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious player, Cantona combined technical skill and creativity with power and goalscoring ability. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eric Cantona has received more than 6,327,468 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Eric Cantona is the 74th most popular soccer player (up from 101st in 2019), the 776th most popular biography from France (up from 940th in 2019) and the 4th most popular French Soccer Player.

Eric Cantona is most famous for his performance in the 1995 FA Cup Final, in which he scored two goals and captained Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea.

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Among soccer players, Eric Cantona ranks 74 out of 16,923Before him are Paul Breitner, Oliver Kahn, Helenio Herrera, Gordon Banks, Rivaldo, and Fritz Walter. After him are Zito, Silvio Piola, Gianni Rivera, Alcides Ghiggia, Oleg Blokhin, and Gylmar dos Santos Neves.

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Among people born in 1966, Eric Cantona ranks 6Before him are Jimmy Wales, Mike Tyson, Romário, Sophie Marceau, and Salma Hayek. After him are Adam Sandler, Helena Bonham Carter, Hristo Stoichkov, George Weah, Luke Perry, and Halle Berry.

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Among people born in France, Eric Cantona ranks 776 out of 5,234Before him are Prince Philippe, Count of Paris (1838), Girard Desargues (1591), Childebert III (678), Félix Guattari (1930), Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651), and Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659). After him are Madame Roland (1754), Pierre Boulle (1912), Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902), Arnaut Daniel (1150), Judith of Bavaria (797), and Philippa of Hainault (1314).


Among soccer players born in France, Eric Cantona ranks 4Before him are Zinedine Zidane (1972), Michel Platini (1955), and Raymond Kopa (1931). After him are Lucien Laurent (1907), Thierry Henry (1977), Aimé Jacquet (1941), Laurent Blanc (1965), Didier Deschamps (1968), Michel Hidalgo (1933), Raymond Domenech (1952), and Franck Ribéry (1983).

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