Eric Cantona has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 Uefa President’s Award.
The former Manchester United star, 53, will join an illustrious list of previous winners which includes Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Alfredo Di Stefano and Eusebio.
Uefa said the award ‘recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities.’
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin, who selected Cantona for the award, paid a glowing tribute.
He said: ‘This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is – a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and in particular puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in.’
Cantona will receive the award in Monaco on Thursday, where the Champions League group stage draw is due to take place.
During his career, he also played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United.
At Old Trafford, he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup doubles.
In 2004, Cantona was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.