Eric Cantona has been nominated in 5 categories of the Premier League 20th anniversary awards.
Cantona has proven to be a dominant figure from the past two decades of English football despite his seemingly short five year stay in the Premier League. He is shortlisted in five categories, more than any other player or manager. Among them is a nomination for best player, a shortlist of 10 that does not include Wayne Rooney or David Beckham.
Interestingly enough, Cantona’s infamous quote “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.” – is nominated in the Best Quote category.
Cantona is also nominated for best goal, best goal celebration and as best striker.
How winners are decided
The awards are being given by the Barclays Premier League to celebrate 20 years since its launch.
The shortlists were drawn up after votes from national newspapers, and the winners will be decided either by a panel or via a public vote at www.premierleague.com.
The winners will be announced over several days, starting on May 3, and culminating in an awards ceremony on May 15.