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Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira is popular by the name Pepe. He is a professional footballer from Portugal who represents the national team of the country, besides playing with Beşiktaş, a Turkish club, in the role of central defender. Throughout his career, he has been part of teams like Real Madrid, Marítimo, and Porto, showing amazing success especially with Porto and Real. He is also considered a valuable member of the national team.
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Pepe is known for his aggression on the field, couples with physical strength and tenacity as a defender. His style of playing involves hard tackling. However, even though he has great defensive skills, he is criticized for his affinity towards attracting cards, occasional show of violence, unsportsmanlike attitude, or play-acting. Born and brought up in Brazil, Pepe represents Portugal as a personal choice.
In the year 2001, when Pepe was 18 years of age, he moved to Madeira in Portugal to join Portugal to sign with Marítimo. He spent most of the 2001-2002 season in the B team of Maritimo. After his first season, he was promoted to the main team in 2002-2003, with Anatoliy Byshovets as the manager. Pepe was seen almost in all the games, and he played in various positions, including the role of defensive midfielder. During the pre-season, he was permitted to get a 2-week training with Sporting CP, before a deal for his transfer got discussed. But, the clubs could not agree on the terns of finance and the negotiations fell through. So, he went back to Maritimo, and the team ended the next season in the sixth place, reaching UEFA Cup, as he contributed 1 goal in 30 matches.
In summer 2004, Pepe joined Porto in exchange for €1 million, and three players, i.e. Evaldo, Tonel and Antonielton Ferreira. It was also stipulated as part of his agreement clause that his former team Maritino would be entitled to get 20% of his transfer fees in the future. During his first season, manager Víctor Fernández used Pepe a backup. But, the next season turned out to be a breakthrough in his career, as he went on to establish that he was among the top defenders in domestic competition. He was regularly pitched as the singular natural stopper, and his team earned consecutive league wins as well as Taça de Portugal.
During Pepe’s tenure in the team, Porto earned many titles, including the following:
Pepe has been associated with real Madrid for over a decade, having joined the team in the year 2007. It was a glorious chapter in his soccer life, which started with a 5-year deal with the club which helped Porto earned 30 million EUR as transfer fees. His tenure at Real Madrid was full of many controversies, from fights to injuries. There were questions about his performances, as well. However, even though he was constantly under the scanner for his performances, conduct and injuries, Real Madrid still won several titles during his tenure, whether or not he was present for all matches for the entire time.
When the defender sought a contract extension of two years from Real Madrid, the Spanish Club showed their eagerness to offer him only one year of contract. Thus, the issues started with the player and the team. Issues started to grow around the speculation that the player would switch to a new club from the end of 2016. However, Pepe continued to stay opinionated about all this, and things soon started to go out of hand. Pepe stated clearly that he would wait for the club’s decision till the last minute, and this was a cause of relief for his teammates. Things did not quite go as the player wanted, and finally, after 229 appearances, he left Real Madrid.
In July 2017, Beşiktaş of Turkish Süper Lig declared Pepe’s signing with the team, and it was a free transfer. He is reportedly earning a total of €9.5 million from the contract of two years, along with a bonus of €4,000 for every match in which he appears.
Pepe joined Portugal’s national team in the year 2007, and has been associated with the team ever since. His father claims that he was contacted to represent the national football team of his native Brazil, in 2006. But the player refused to join, saying that he would only represent Portugal after getting citizenship there. In August 2007, he got the call up to join Portugal, appearing in the Euro 2008 qualifier. In World Cup 2010, he was often seen playing the role of a defensive midfielder. He was seen making a goal in the Euro 2012 in the second group match, as well as in the semi-final. In 2014 World Cup, Pepe received a red card for headbutting Thomas Muller, and Portugal lost 0-4. In the Euro 2016 final, Pepe earned the MoM as he helped his team with a 1-0 extra time victory. In the Confederations Cup 2017, Pepe scored in the injury time during the third place match, and helped his team win with 2-1.
Pepe was born and brought up in Brazil, and he showed his interest in football from an early age. Things were not easy, and even buying a pair of boots didn’t happen easily. His father saved money by sleeping in the car instead of the hotel room during his work shifts, and used the money to buy his first pair of Umbro Boots. While he is known as the bad boy in the world of sports, he has a different reputation when it comes to women. He met his current life partner, Ana Sofia, in 2007, when he was still with Porto. Things became steadier over time, and they couple has two daughters together.
Pepe’s current market value is £2.7 million. This is quite a decline in comparison to his highest market value of £27 million, which was ten times the current value.
For Pepe’s contributions to his teams’ amazing performances, the player has been bestowed with several individual honours, such as: