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Eric Cantona celebration crowned best in Premier League history

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has won the Premier League Goal Celebration of the 20 Seasons Award.

Given for the Frenchman’s stunning pirouette and pose after scoring a thunderous net-breaker against Sunderland in December 1996, the Director of Soccer at New York Cosmos was voted by hundreds of thousands of football fans as having produced the best football celebration in history.

The Goal Celebration of the 20 Seasons is the sixth award to be announced as part of the Premier League’s 20 Seasons anniversary. The league’s celebratory awards have been designed to honour and praise the players and managers that have built the Premier League up to be the best league in the world over the last two decades.

Cantona, understandably delighted with the award, spoke to the Premier League‘s official website: “That’s the only thing I won?” He began jokingly. “For a king like me it’s not a lot.”

The retired-striker has been nominated for a record five 20 Seasons Awards: Player, Goal, Forward, Quote and of course, Goal Celebration.

Loamana Lua Lua and Jimmy Bullard were both runners up for the award.

Cantona joined Manchester United from Leeds United in 1992, and after spending five years at United, he was widely considered to be one of the best players to ever grace the Premier League.

The United legend retired in 1997 after making 144 first-team appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 64 times in the process.