5. Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is so revered because he was one of the first high-profile foreigners to light up the Premier League, while he played an instrumental role in helping transform Manchester United into the global force they are today.

The Frenchman only spent five years in the Premier League, but it’s impossible to overstate what an impact he made on the league as a whole, not just at Old Trafford.

Cantona won four Premier League titles during his relatively short spell with the Red Devils, before shocking the entire country by announcing his retirement at the premature age of 30 in 1997.

It was so typical of Cantona, who simply wasn’t like the rest. He was a cut above.

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