Eric Cantona has won a public vote to find the Best Celebration in the Premier League’s 20 Seasons Awards.
Cantona was the preferred option of the hundreds and thousands of voters from around the world for the nonchalant way he acknowledged his goal against Sunderland at Old Trafford in 1996.
Cantona’s sublime strike – itself one of the 10 contenders for Best Goal of the 20 Seasons – saw him run from the halfway line, play a one-two with Brian McClair and then impudently chip the ball over the advancing Sunderland goalkeeper Lionel Perez.
With Old Trafford in raptures, the mercurial forward slowly pirhouetted on the spot, surveying the scene and calmly taking in the magic of the moment, before eventually holding his arms aloft as McClair arrived to celebrate his brilliance.
Upon hearing that he had won the award, Cantona said: “That’s the only thing I won? For a king like me it’s not a lot.”
Cantona received a record five nominations in the 20 Seasons Awards – for Best Goal, Best Celebration, Most Memorable Quote, Best Player and Forward for the public and panel Fantasy Teams. The Frenchman was named the Premier League’s Overseas Player of the Decade ten years ago, and has been nominated for a record five awards: Player, Goal, Forward, Quote and of course, Celebration.
Cantona beat an emphatic Lomana Lua Lua acrobatic routine and Jimmy Bullard’s choreographed effort with Hull to pick up the award.