Portugal’s Euro 2016 decider Eder reveals Cristiano Ronaldo “told me I would score the winning goal.”
Eder came off the bench and thumped in a fierce solo effort to give Portugal their first ever major trophy, beating France 1-0 in extra time.
“It was an amazing moment. Our team worked really hard,” the Lille striker told UEFA.com.
“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.
“Since the first day [I thought my opportunity would come]. 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.”
It seemed almost impossible for Portugal against the hosts France, especially after star player Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off just 25 minutes in.
"Cristiano told me I would score the winning goal. He and all my teammates. He gave me strength and positive energy. And that goal was really important.
“A lot of hard work went into it. We worked hard from the first minute and right from the beginning of the Euros. We were spectacular. The Portuguese people deserve this.”