When Eder smashed in a 25-yard extra time winner against France in the Euro 2016 final, he became a national hero.
But it’s not all been smooth sailing for the former Swansea City striker, as he revealed that his father has been in prison in England for the last 16 years, for killing his stepmother.
Eder, who rediscovered form for Lille after having his loan at Swansea cut short, told Portuguese TV of his family issues, days after his strike won the European Championships for his country.
Speaking to Cristina Ferreira, Eder revealed:
My dad is in prison. Since I was 12.
My stepmum died and he was accused of killing her.
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Eder moved to Portugal when he was two years old, before being sent to boarding school aged eight.
His football career soon blossomed, and he played youth football for ADC Adémia before signing for Oliveira Hospital and later, Tourizense.
Eventually, professional side Academica signed him, where he made a living from the game.
From the moment I went to Academica and began to earn money, I could go to England to see him in jail.Advertisement
Every time I had holiday, I would go to England to see him.
The 28-year-old managed to keep his dark past under wraps while playing for Swansea last season, and didn’t reveal where in the UK his dad was jailed.
He joked with Swansea’s official website back in December about calling himself ‘Mr. International’, thanks to his multi-national family.
I have a sister studying in Wolverhampton and I have another sister who has lived in England for a time.
My brother lives in Portugal, but I have family everywhere.
Wherever they are, when Eder’s thunderbolt hit the back of the net in Paris last Sunday, they’re sure to have been proud.
He described the goal as ‘the goal of his life’, and talked about starting a family of his own one day.
Sounds like a pretty deserving hero.