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Eric Cantona poses naked for front cover of Elle Magazine

Published 15/10/2015 | 23:07

The cover of Elle France.
The cover of Elle France.

Former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has posed naked for a magazine photoshoot alongside his wife Rachida Brakni.

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The Frenchman (49), who captained Manchester United for a period in the 90s and is credited by many as being the catalyst for Alex Ferguson's team's dominance of English football in the 90s, is now an actor.

In the photoshoot for Elle magazine's french edition, Cantona is pictured happily in love with his actress wife.

Cantona maintains his modesty as the actress poses in front of him.

Retired from football at 30 at the end of the 1996-97 season, citing a desire to become an actor, Cantona quickly became captain of the French national beach football team instead.

He has appeared in and directed a number of films, most notably co-starring in Ken Loach's Looking For Eric in 2009.

Later said he wondered if he had bowed out too early: "When you quit football it is not easy, your life becomes difficult. I should know because sometimes I feel I quit too young. I loved the game but I no longer had the passion to go to bed early, not to go out with my friends, not to drink, and not to do a lot of other things, the things I like in life."

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