Portugal hero Éder: My father is in prison for murder

Portugal hero Éder has revealed his father is in a British prison for killing his step-mother.

Éder, who scored Portugal’s winner to beat France and win Euro 2016, has revealed his father is in prison in England for killing his wife.

The forward said his father was nearing the end of a 16-year sentence for the murder of his step-mother.

The former Swansea striker made the revelation to well-known presenter Cristina Ferreira in a TV interview in Portugal.

Asked about his parents, Eder said: “My dad is in prison. Since I was 12. My step-mum died and he was accused of killing her.

“He was sentenced to 16 years, I think.”

He added: “From the moment I went to Academica and began to earn money, I could go to England to see him in jail.

“Every time I had holiday, I would go to England to see him.

Eder was born in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau but moved to Portugal when he was a toddler.

“I came to Portugal with my mum from Guinea-Bissau,” he said.

“My dad was already in Portugal. There was a moment when my dad came to my mum’s house and ended up taking me with him and I went to live for some time with my dad. After that I was put into the college.”

Asked how he felt when he was put into the Sunflower Care Home, a state-run facility on the outskirts of Coimbra, because his parents could not afford to look after him, he replied: “I was sad, I didn’t find it at all nice. I felt abandoned.”


He added: “I didn’t really grow up with my family. I grew up in a college.

“It was really good for me. It helped me to grow into the man that I have become and aided my football career.

“Of course, at times it was a little bit tough, which is normal, but I enjoyed it a lot. I met so many of my friends there, and it was good to have that life experience.”

His father was not named in the interview.

Eder described Sunday’s goal as “the goal of his life” and admitted he was looking forward to starting a family of his own one day.


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