Eric Cantona's Perfect XI: who broke the King's heart?
Goalkeeper: Rene Higuita
"Yes, he did tricks, but he was also a great keeper. I loved his energy, his excitement, his desire to take risks. He made mistakes, but he had a real spirit for the game. The Scorpion was against England, wasn’t it? He kept the ball out and that’s all that matters. I want entertainers in my team."
I liked the way he expressed himself. He always seemed to enjoy his football
"He was a strong player, a real man. He played a big role in that great Brazil side from the 1982 World Cup – some say the greatest ever team not to win the tournament. He could defend, but he could be very good attacking too. I liked the way he expressed himself. He always seemed to enjoy his football."
Central-defence: Franz Beckenbauer
"He was a leader of men, a dominant presence who could bring the ball out with grace and skill. But I tell you this: he broke my heart. As an eight-year-old, I watched the 1974 World Cup Final between West Germany and Holland and I was supporting the Dutch. I cried my eyes out when they lost. I was very sad, but now I understand all about the brilliance of the Kaiser."
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Left-back: Giacinto Facchetti
He was a very generous player, he never thought about himself
"You have to have an Italian defender and there was no one better than Facchetti. I was too young to see him play live, but I saw highlights from the late-’60s and I instantly liked him. He was a noble player, hard and skilful. He scored a lot of goals for a full-back too."
Central-midfield: Roy Keane
"Do I need to say why? He was the best in midfield; he could play everywhere. He could play the holding role and be defensive, but then he could suddenly burst forward and score goals. He was so intelligent in how he played the game and let me tell you: it felt good to have him behind me for four seasons. He’d win the ball and then give it to me. And what a character! He’d lead my team and inspire them."
Right-midfield: Carlos Valderrama
A lot of people only remember his hair, but he was a wonderful footballer
"A lot of people only remember his hair, but he was a wonderful footballer. We played together at Montpellier and it was an absolute pleasure. He is a shy and quiet man, but also has a strong character. Physically he wasn’t great, but he had such vision and could get the ball where he wanted. He was a very generous player, he never thought about himself."