He was the Premier League's first genuine superstar, a man who helped to build Alex Ferguson's Manchester United empire. Few had the ability to match King Eric on the pitch.
In November 1994, Manchester United were thumped 4-0 by a team that I had neither heard of nor seen play. Their name was FC Barcelona, and they were truly magnificent.
History tells us that France will either perform exceedingly well or laughably awful at a major tournament. So which will it be at Euro 2016?
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema says that the national team boss Didier Deschamps "bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France" by not selecting him for Euro 2016.
English footballers are not cool, so the Premier League needed some imported charisma to bolster its ranks. Ruud Gullit epitomised this, but his significance goes far beyond mere cool.
Eric Cantona: great footballer, great guy.
They disrupted a Monty Python showing in Brixton.