Seeing as we’re in love with ranking and rating things even if we pretend we’re not, let’s do football players! Will probably keep it to players we all know and mostly from the Premier League era so nobody can be weird and pretend they know what Dixie Dean was like or whatever.
We’ll start with one of the biggest names; Eric Cantona!
“The frail side to his temperament, the mad side of genius, Cantona is dismissed, where can there be a place in the game for a man of such extravagant talent, a man of such wicked temperament, a man who has been quite rightly dismissed, a man who has now ju…OH MY GOODNESS ME, HE HAS…KICKED, HE’S PUNCHED A FAN, ERIC CANTONA HAS JUMPED IN AND SCISSOR-KUNG-FU-KICKED A FAN, Manchester United fans are coming across, I have never seen as disgraceful an incident as that in all my years in football, Eric Cantona should be thrown out of the game for that sort of incident, I CARE NOT ONE JOT about his supreme talent, he launched himself SIX FEET into the crowd and KUNG-FU-KICKED a supporter, who was without a shadow of a doubt giving him lip, without a shadow of a doubt giving him stick…”
That Cup Winner in 96 is such a formative moment for my entire life. First match I ever watched was the 1995 Cup Final and in the space of a year it had become a full obsession. The 96 Cup Final was on my little brother’s second birthday and I was hiding away in front of the telly much to my parent’s chagrin. Completely enthralled despite it being a dreadful game but that late winner was my introduction to the entire concept of euphoria. Ran around the garden yelling and screaming, causing a scene in front of the grandparents etc. Was completely and utterly hooked from that point and my entire life would be completely and utterly different if it weren’t for that moment of magic from Cantona.