Guinea-Bissau born Eder is a classic example of a late bloomer. He only made his debut in the Portuguese top flight at 21 years of age, but today nobody doubts the striker’s talent.
Arriving in Portugal as a three-year-old, he did not have an easy childhood. He first played for Lar Girassol (Sunflower Home), an institution in Coimbra that cares for children at risk and which Eder continues to support and visit today, showing that his success has not made him forget his humble origins.
He signed for Sporting Braga at the start of 2012/13 and shortly afterwards realised his dream of playing for Portugal, in a qualifying match against Azerbaijan for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Portugal seemed to have found another option for their attack, but life had another test lined up for Eder. In March 2013 he tore his ligaments in his right knee, ruling him out of action for six months. When he finally returned he promptly broke a toe.
His World Cup dream looked over, but whatever obstacles life throws his way, Eder has shown tremendous determination to overcome them. He made a full recovery and bounced back to his best form to make the squad for Brazil 2014.