Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira, commonly known as Pepe, was born on February 26, 1983. This makes him currently 40 years old. Pepe is a Brazilian-Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a center-back for the Portugal national team and Porto FC. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time.
Club Career of Pepe
Pepe, also known as Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira, embarked on his professional club career in 2001 with Maritimo in Portugal. However, he truly made his mark after joining Porto in 2004. During his time at Porto, Pepe enjoyed tremendous success, winning two Primeira Liga titles, a Portuguese Cup, and even lifting the prestigious UEFA Champions League trophy.
In 2007, Pepe secured a high-profile transfer to Real Madrid, where he became one of the most formidable defenders in the game. His move to Real Madrid came with a hefty price tag, making him the world-record signing for a defender at that time. Over the course of a decade, Pepe played a pivotal role in the success of Real Madrid, claiming three La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles.
After his illustrious stint with Real Madrid, Pepe ventured abroad to Besiktas in Turkey for a period. Despite being away from Porto, Pepe’s skills and experience remained in demand. In 2019, he made a highly-anticipated return to Porto, rejoining the team that initially launched his career to new heights. Since his return, Pepe has continued to be a key player, contributing significantly to Porto’s performance on the field.
International Career of Pepe
Pepe’s international career with Portugal began in 2007, and he quickly established himself as a key member of the national team. Representing his country in major tournaments, including the UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup, Pepe’s contributions were instrumental in Portugal’s success on the international stage.
One of Pepe’s most memorable moments in his international career came during the UEFA Euro 2016. In the final, Portugal faced France, and it was Pepe’s outstanding performance that earned him the title of man of the match. His defensive prowess and leadership abilities played a crucial role in Portugal securing their first-ever European Championship title.
With over 130 international caps, Pepe’s name has become synonymous with Portuguese football. His experience, skill, and commitment to the national team have solidified his status as one of the most capped players in Portuguese history. Pepe’s contributions have been invaluable to Portugal’s success in both the UEFA Euro 2016 and the FIFA World Cup.