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No longer a wounded Swan, Eder is soaring to new heights after Portugal's Euro win

By Simon Peach

Published 12/07/2016

Portugal's Bruno Alves, Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fonte, Andre Gomes and Joao Mario celebrate winning the European Championship. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Bruno Alves, Ricardo Quaresma, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fonte, Andre Gomes and Joao Mario celebrate winning the European Championship. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Portugal's supporters celebrate at the Lyon fanzone following the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Portugal players celebrate after their side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory at Terreiro do Paco square in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after watching on a giant screen the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
France's coach Didier Deschamps reacts during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
France's forward Kingsley Coman's wife Sephora Coman (top C) reacts during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal celebrates winning with his team mates Eduardo (C) and Anthony Lopes (R) at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Pepe and Rui Patricio of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (From R) Portugal's midfielder Renato Sanches, Portugal's forward Eder, Portugal's defender Cedric Soares, Portugal's midfielder Adrien Silva, Portugal's midfielder Joao Mario, Portugal's midfielder Andre Gomes, Portugal's midfielder Joao Moutinho, Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's defender Pepe, Portugal's forward Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal's defender Bruno Alves, Portugal's midfielder Danilo Pereira and Portugal's defender Eliseu pose with the trophy as they celebrate after beating France during the Euro 2016 final football match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder of Portugal scores the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts from the bench after his side hit the during extra-time of the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Sandra Evra, wife of France's defender Patrice Evra, consles her son after Portugal beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. Portugal beat France 1-0 to clinch the Euro 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Danilo Pereira of Portugal high fives with a supporter while walking up the steps to collect winners medals after their win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates with his team staffs after winning the tournament after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal celebrates winning with his team mates Eduardo (C) and Anthony Lopes (R) at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Nani of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is seen during the award ceremony after their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder (L) and Joao Mario of Portugal celebrate winning after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Fernando Santos gestures on the touchline during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal's Eder celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's Eder (second left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates winning at the final whistle after the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
France's Paul Pogba, top, and Antoine Griezmann walk down the tribune at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal supporters celebrate victory near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, embraces France's Patrice Evra at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Joao Mario of Portugal and Paul Pogba of France compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
The Eiffel tower is lit with Portugal colors after the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Champ-de-Mars fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2016. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo holds up the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
French President Francois Hollande, second left, shakes hands with France's Antoine Griezmann while French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, looks on after the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France, Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. Portugal won 1-0. At right is France's Paul Pogba. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)
Portugal's Eder celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal supporters celebrate victory near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Eder (C) of Portugal celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
France's Antoine Griezmann walks down the tribune at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo kisses the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
France's Antoine Griezmann reacts as after Portugal's Eder scored the opening goal during the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
TOPSHOT - The Eiffel tower is lit with Portugal colors after the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Champ-de-Mars fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2016. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Eder (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Pepe of Portugal celebrates during the award ceremony after his team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
France supporters walk near the Arc de Triomphe after the Euro 2016 football tournament final match between Portugal and France on July 10, 2016 in Paris. Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo devoted Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph over France on Sunday to "all Portuguese and all immigrants". / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Fernando Santos manager of Portugal is thrown into the air by his players after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Fernando Santos manager of Portugal is thrown into the air by his players after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate after Eder (second left) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is seen during the award ceremony after their team's 1-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Portugal players celebrate after Eder (left, obscured) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory at Marques de Pombal square in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal's national football team supporters celebrate their team's victory in Lisbon on July 10, 2016 after the Euro 2016 final football match Portugal vs France played in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIROJOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo pushes manager Fernando Santos during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal supporters hold a flag and a trophy replica as they celebrate after the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Germany on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTGEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Portugal celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Euro 2016 Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
A general view of the Stade de France during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final between Portugal and France. *Editors note taken with a tilt and shift lens*. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal players celebrate after their 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Renato Sanches (top) and Portugal players celebrate their team's first goal scored by Eder (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Manager Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrate winning at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal kisses the Henri Delaunay trophy to celebrate after their 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe hold the trophy at the end of the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Eder barely made an imprint during his ill-fated spell at Swansea, but the striker has left an indelible mark on Portuguese football after scoring the goal that clinched Euro 2016.

This time last year the 28-year-old arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Braga, only to exit seven months later having mustered just two Premier League starts.

It was announced in May that Eder's loan move to Lille was being made permanent and he returns to the Ligue 1 club having broken the locals' hearts.

A second-half substitute at the Stade de France, the striker shook off Laurent Koscielny's attention to drive home a fine winner in the 109th minute on Sunday.

The 1-0 extra-time win against France secured Portugal's first-ever major trophy, with coach Fernando Santos saying "the ugly duckling" has become a "beautiful swan".

"It was an amazing moment," Eder said. "Our team worked really hard.

"We knew that the Portuguese people were behind us. We fought with immense strength, we were amazing.

"I think we deserve this title due to the work we put in, all the players and the staff.

"Portugal had been wanting this title for so long. This is fantastic and well deserved. Congratulations to every single one of us."

It was just Eder's third appearance of the tournament - all of which have been off the bench late in the second half.

Despite that and his struggles at Swansea, there remained an inherent self-belief that such a moment would arise.

"Since the first day (I thought my opportunity would come)," he said.

"Ever since Fernando Santos called me up.

"He knows what my capabilities are and so does our group.

"They trust me and I have worked hard to contribute and today it was possible.

"I'm very happy about what we've achieved."

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