Brazilian-born Croatian player Eduardo da Silva had two spells with Ukrainian club football giants Shakthar Donetsk before he retired from football. The 38-year-old retired from football at the end of his brief spell at Legia Warsaw in Poland three years ago.
Shakthar Donetsk paid £6m to secure his signing from Premier League giants Arsenal in July 2010. He was having a fantastic career with the Gunners before an horrific leg injury ended his career in North London even before it started. Eduardo da Silva spent almost a year on the sidelines as a result of the injury and things didn’t remain the same on his return to the Arsenal team. In the end, he had to leave the English team after three years. His horrific injury happened in his first year at the club and he was ruled out for the majority of his second year with the North Londoners.
Eduardo da Silva made his debut for Shakthar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League during the 5-0 thrashing of Sevastopol at the start of the 2010/11 campaign. He scored the second goal on the way to a convincing victory.Eduardo played only the first half of the game. He scored his second goal for Shakthar Donetsk in the 1-0 win at Volyn Lutsk as he came off the bench to score the winning goal.
Shakthar Donetsk and Arsenal were drawn in the same group in the Champions League in Eduardo’s first season in Ukraine and he scored in each of the two games against the Gunners including the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at home to the Premier League side.
During his first spell at Shakthar, Eduardo scored 24 goals in 81 league outings before adding a further 14 goals in 29 games in his second spell at the club.