Portuguese goal hero reveals secret

Eder gets to hold the Euro 2106 Cup all by himself

Eder gets to hold the Euro 2106 Cup all by himself

PORTUGUESE hero Eder dedicated his Euro 2016 match-winner to the shrink who helped him over his Swansea nightmare.

Eder failed to score in 15 games in the Premier League after a £5million move from Braga last summer — and was shipped out to Lille in February.

And Eder, 28, who was adopted as a three-year-old, became Portugal’s final hero with the extra-time winner against host nation France.

Eder said: “It was a goal worked from the first minute of the tournament. I want to dedicate the goal to Susana, my high-performance coach.”

The 6ft 2in striker was born in the Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau on the west coast of Africa — but as soon as he moved to Portugal he was given up for adoption.

He said: “It is, of course, very difficult for a child. Normally you grow up with parents and get their support but being without them means it is always  difficult.

“I learned a lot as a person, and I got matured quickly in the orphanage. In a way it was good for me and my personal development. At least I turned it into something good.

“You have to find the strength and power in yourself, and it helps me in football.”

Looking back on his disastrous spell in Wales, Eder said: “It is true that you need to adapt to the Premier League.

“It is the best in the world, so of course it is difficult. For me it was my dream to play there.

“Swansea are a nice club with nice people but things just didn’t develop in the way I wanted to on the pitch.”

Eder went to Lille on loan in February and, ironically, joined the French club permanently just before breaking every Frenchman’s heart.

He added: “It is not like I am scared of the Premier League. I believe I could adapt there and show my skills.

“Now my full focus is on Lille, and I have been very happy here but I could definitely see myself being successful in the Premier League as well.” – The Sun

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