Eric Cantona and the Anxiety of Influence

Thierry Henry? Ronaldinho? Nonsense: the most influential footballer of the last decade is clearly the irrepressibly just, justly violent Eric Cantona. From Man Utd’s regnancy to the “talismanic player uniquely reflecting an entire club’s values” that is Fabregas to our indulgence of Terry and Lampard in hopes of recreating the “remarkable spiritual connection between one footballer and thousands in a crowd” — Cantona foreran and articulated “all the good of English football,” while also making one “aware of the consistent shortcomings of every player, and every other human being you will ever meet.”  (Alex Netherton/Who Ate All the Pies)

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