Eduardo to sing BOTH anthems in World Cup opener

The Rio Report

The mum of Brazilian-born Croatian striker Eduardo has revealed that her son will sing BOTH national anthems before the opening match of the World Cup.

The former Arsenal man, now at Shakhtar Donetsk, will line out for Croatia against his homeland in the tournament's opener in Sao Paulo on June 12th.

"He has said he will sing two anthems. He is Croatian for work. In his heart he is Brazilian," his mum reveals in the video above.

Eduardo joined Dinamo Zagreb's youth team in 1999 after being spotted playing for his local 'favela' side in Rio - and began a journey that would see him become one of the leading all-time goal scorers for his adopted country.

Since taking up Croatian citizenship in 2002, Eduardo has scored 29 international goals in 63 appearances for the country.

For Eduardo's family, the overwhelming emotion is pride - and they are preparing to switch allegiance to Croatia for that first game on 12th June.

But after that first encounter, Eduardo's mother and brother will be hoping to cheer the hosts on to World Cup glory.

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