Aston Villa fan fails to claim £1m winnings on Euro 2016 final bet

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Last season, GiveMeSport treated you to many stories about the fans who put £1, £2 or even £20 on Leicester City to win the Premier League. At 5,000/1, the Foxes cost the bookies millions by storming to the title in truly unbelievable style.

Those punters certainly deserved their four or five figure windfalls but they have since been blown out of the water by one visionary from Birmingham.

BetVictor ran an offer throughout the European Championship offering £1m to the person who could guess the first goal-scorer and the exact minute that player would score. With no one having won it going into the final, they were probably feeling pretty comfortable.


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But cometh the hour, cometh the Aston Villa fan. Someone correctly predicted that Eder would score the winning goal in extra-time. Although he didn't quite get the exact minute (109), he was the closest guess and therefore wins by default.

The only problem is, BetVictor can't find him. They are currently running a campaign on Twitter called #MissingMillionaire in an attempt to identify him and tell him the good news.

They tweeted:

Amazing guess

Going into the final, the big money was rightly placed in the stars of the tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann. Together, they had scored nine goals at the European Championships and were widely tipped to make the difference at the Stade de France.

Those fancying longer odds could have justified a couple of quid on Olivier Giroud or Dimitri Payet, both of whom had played well en route to the final. However, Eder is not a man many people paid much attention to.

He had made just two substitute appearances in Portugal's Euro 2016 campaign, failing to make an impact on either occasion. But at least one man believed in him and is about to be made a millionaire because of it, so long as they can actually find him.

Ronaldo's influence

Despite going off injured in the 25th minute, Eder still hailed the influence the Real Madrid star had in the dressing room and on the touchline. He even revealed that Ronaldo made the same prediction as the unknown Aston Villa fan.

"[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team," the striker told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. "He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital.

"It was a goal I've been working for from the first minute of the Euros. For all the work we did, for all of the Portuguese, it's fantastic. It's well deserved and we should all be congratulated."

We have reason to believe that Ronaldo is not the 32-year-old man from Birmingham that BetVictor are looking for.

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