• Pepe named as world’s best defender of 2016

    Pepe named as world’s best defender of 2016

    The centre-half, who played a pivotal part in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, finished 12th in the Goal 50, above the likes of Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci and Diego Godin.

     

    The 33-year-old centre-half is coming off the back of the most successful summer of his career, helping los Blancos win the Champions League in May before playing a pivotal part in his country’s surprise Euro 2016 triumph, turning in a man of the match-winning performance in the final against France.

    As a result, […]

  • Pepe injury blow for Real Madrid

    Pepe injury blow for Real Madrid

    The centre-back could miss some important forthcoming matches for Los Blancos, although the duration of his absence is not certain.

    Real Madrid will have to make do without the services of Pepe for a number of weeks due to a thigh injury, making him a doubt for impending clashes with title rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

    The centre-back sustained the problem in Madrid’s 4-1 win over Alaves on Saturday, being forced to leave the pitch after just 24 minutes.

    He underwent […]

  • Pepe targets new contract, wants to end career at Real Madrid

    Pepe targets new contract, wants to end career at Real Madrid

    Portuguese centre-back Pepe has admitted that he is hoping to sign a new contract with Real Madrid that will see him end his career at the club.

    Pepe, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and while there are rumours linking him with a move to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea, the Portuguese has pledged his allegiance to his current club.

    “I am calm. I want to help Madrid, the club I love,” he told Antenna 3. “I […]

  • Pepe was the best player at Euro 2016, not Griezmann – Ronaldo

    Pepe was the best player at Euro 2016, not Griezmann – Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes Portugal and Real Madrid team-mate Pepe should have been named the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 ahead of Antoine Griezmann.

    France international Griezmann netted six goals along with two assists to scoop the best player prize and the Golden Boot, but his side were beaten by Portugal in the final of the competition.

    Pepe was central to that triumph, and Ronaldo – who featured alongside him in the Team of the Tournament – claims the 33-year-old defender […]

  • The muscleman is back: A month after he hobbled off during the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid… in tip-top shape

    The muscleman is back: A month after he hobbled off during the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid… in tip-top shape

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe returned to Real Madrid on Wednesday to complete the European champions’ squad as they prepare to kick off their La Liga campaign in 11 days’ time.

     

    The Portuguese pair have enjoyed a period of extended leave to recover from their international exertions in winning Euro 2016 last month.

    Both players were allowed to miss Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla but were back at the club’s Valdebebas while their team-mates took the day off.

    REAL MADRID – […]

  • Pepe named Euro 2016 final Man of the Match

    Pepe named Euro 2016 final Man of the Match

    Pepe was named Man of the Match after a stout defensive display helped Portugal beat France 1-0 after extra time to win Euro 2016.

    Substitute Eder struck in the second half of extra time to secure victory, with Portugal having to play the majority of the match without injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday.

    France came into the game as the tournament’s top scorers and boasted the leading marksman in Antoine Griezmann.

    But Pepe and defensive partner Jose Fonte kept a dangerous France […]

  • Pepe ‘fully fit’ and eager to help Portugal to Euro 2016 glory

    Pepe ‘fully fit’ and eager to help Portugal to Euro 2016 glory

    Pepe is fully fit and ready for the biggest match of his career, with the divisive defender desperate to help Portugal emerge from the Euro 2016 final with their first-ever major trophy.

    Their seventh major tournament semi-final brought with it progress for just the second time, 12 years on from the ignominy of falling to Greece at the end of a European Championship they hosted.

    Portugal have the chance to reverse those roles at the Stade de France, with hosts and bookmakers’ […]

  • Portugal defender Pepe could miss Euro 2016 semifinal against Wales through injury

    Portugal defender Pepe could miss Euro 2016 semifinal against Wales through injury

    Portugal defender Pepe has picked up a thigh injury and will miss training ahead of his team’s European Championship semifinal against Wales.

    The Real Madrid defender is a key player for Portugal and has been one of the team’s best players on their run to the Euro 2016 last four.

    But Portugal press officer Onofre Costa told a news conference on Monday that Pepe has a thigh muscle problem and will not be training with the rest of the squad.

    “Pepe has a […]