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Eric Cantona

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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French: Éric; pronounced [e.ʁik dan.jɛl pjɛʁ kɑ̃.tɔ.na]; born 24 May 1966) is a French former professional footballer and current actor, director and producer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Cantona is credited with having played a leading role in making Manchester United the dominant force in English football in the 1990s, and has legendary status at the club. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eric Cantona has received more than 7,150,892 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Eric Cantona is the 82nd most popular soccer player (down from 74th in 2019), the 830th most popular biography from France (down from 774th 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 82 out of 16,880Before him are Andriy Shevchenko, Alisha Lehmann, Rivaldo, Gordon Banks, Francesco Totti, and Kazuyoshi Miura. After him are Guillermo Stábile, Bebeto, Jean-Pierre Adams, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Miguel Muñoz, and Helenio Herrera.

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Among people born in 1966, Eric Cantona ranks 14Before him are Mikhail Mishustin, Vincent Cassel, Hristo Stoichkov, Helena Bonham Carter, Adam Sandler, and Grigori Perelman. After him are René Higuita, Halle Berry, Zoran Milanović, David Cameron, Luke Perry, and Robin Wright.

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Among people born in France, Eric Cantona ranks 830 out of 6,011Before him are Maria Malibran (1808), Charles Nicolle (1866), Jean Victor Marie Moreau (1763), Pauline Viardot (1821), Chevalier d'Éon (1728), and Germaine of Foix (1488). After him are Saint Remigius (437), Simon Vouet (1590), Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), David Guetta (1967), Edme Mariotte (1620), and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857).


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 Thierry Henry (1977), Lucien Laurent (1907), Didier Deschamps (1968), Franck Ribéry (1983), Karim Benzema (1987), Laurent Blanc (1965), Aimé Jacquet (1941), and Antoine Griezmann (1991).

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