I thought this day would never come or at least it would be different. I thought I’d see you leave United just when you retire, but you’re leaving us early. Who would have thought that this explosive-tempered young boy would become the captain, the all time leading goal scorer in club history and won all there is to win at a football team? And you did, Rooney. But most importantly, you did with passion, put your heart and soul, respect and honored the colors and history of the club.
In over a decade you’ve made a generation of fans fall in love with you and with United, I’m on that list, and will be very strange not to see you in the red jersey anymore. Many players came and went, but you were always there working hard and in silent. You didn’t need fame or beautiful goals (but you scored incredible goals) or nothing that others football players do to get into the history of Manchester United. Many tried, few succeeded and you were one of them, Rooney. And you know what, no one can get you out of the history. They can talk about your mistakes or bad days, but nothing will erase your history in United.
So maybe thanks is not strong enough to say for everything you did, but I’ll say anyway. Thank you, Wayne Rooney. And in the future when someone ask me about the greatest number 10 in the history of Manchester United I’ll tell them about the White Pele. Years will pass but memory of your achievements will never fade. It’s been one hell of a ride. It’s been a pleasure see you playing at Old Trafford.
Now it’s time for you to return to your boyhood club and I wish you all the happiness and success in your new chapter in your successful career. Once blue always red.
“It means a hell of a lot. It is a great honour and I am very proud. It is difficult at the minute to be over-pleased because of the result but in the grand scheme it is huge honour. It is not something I expected when I joined. As I said before, I am proud and I hope there is more to come.
The players who have played for this club have been world class. I am proud to play for this club. To be all-time goalscorer is a huge honour.” Manchester United all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
Eric Cantona, the ‘enfant terrible’ of French football and a true Manchester United legend
Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.
Cantona is often regarded as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force in the 1990s and he enjoys iconic status at the club. He wore the number 7 shirt at Manchester United. Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans as “King Eric”, and was voted as Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Inside United magazine. Set against his footballing achievements was a poor disciplinary record for much of his career, including a conviction for assault on a fan in 1995, although his disciplinary record was much improved after he returned from his eight-month suspension right up to his retirement as a player two years later.
One of Eric Cantona´s greatest goals ever scored
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