No player contributed more to Croatia’s Euro 2012 qualifying push than Eduardo, with his 11 appearances and three goals marking him out as one of the leading lights in Slaven Bilic’s plans for this summer.
Eduardo has seen plenty of Champions League action since making the move to Shakhtar in the summer of 2010 and he will be eager to make his mark in this European Championship tournament after being denied the chance to perform at Euro 2008 due to injury.
This livewire striker suffered the sort of injury that brings a cringe from even the most hardy of souls as his ankle was seriously damaged as he was playing for Arsenal against Birmingham in February 2008. The images of his contorted leg after the incident were horrifying to behold, but Eduardo made a full recovery and will look to make up for lost time by shining in a major international competition this summer.
Brazilian-born, he took up the offer to play for Croatia in 2004 and he has been a prolific goal scorer for his adopted nation in the years since.