Former forward Eric Cantona will be awarded the President’s Award for his commitment to helping improve the lives of others.

The 53-year-old, who won 45 caps for France, will be presented with the award in on Thursday.

president Aleksander Ceferin was impressed by his work since retiring.

“This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is,” said Ceferin.

“[He is] a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and, in particular, puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in.”

Cantona won the old First Division title with Leeds United in 1992 before joining , where he won four s and two FA Cups.

He retired aged 30 in 1997 and, after turning his hand to beach soccer and acting, has been committed to helping charitable causes.

Previous winners of the award – which “recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities” – include David Beckham, Johan Cruyff, Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckeuer, Bobby Robson and Paolo Maldini.

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