Eric played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his professional footballing career at Manchester United. He wore the number 7 shirt at United, is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans “King Eric”, and was voted as Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Inside United magazine.
In 1992, Eric endorsed two video games: Eric Cantona Football Challenge and Eric Cantona Football Challenge: Goal! 2.
He focused his later career mostly as an actor in French cinema. In the late 1990s he accepted a role as a French ambassador in the English film Elizabeth (1998).
In 2002 he directed a short film, Apporte-moi ton amour. He guest-starred in independent British film Jack Says. He co-starred as director Thierry Grimandi in French Film (2009), and is co-producer and lead actor in Looking for Eric (2009).
In 2010, he debuted as a stage actor in Face au paradis, a French play directed by his wife, Rachida Brakni.
Eric has appeared in numerous European television advertisements, especially for Nike, Inc.. He also starred in a Eurostar commercial and Irish EuroMillions advertisement. In 2009, he featured in a British television advertisement for a new model of the Renault Laguna.
Eric is also an exceptional beach soccer player and has represented France at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on a number of occasions. He is quite simply the motivational speaker par excellence.