Besiktas sign Pepe after Real Madrid exit

​Portugal defender Pepe has joined Turkish champions Besiktas on a free transfer after his Real Madrid contract expired.

The 34-year-old played nearly 350 games for the Spanish side after signing from Porto in 2007, winning three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

He was named man of the match as Portugal beat hosts France in extra time in the Euro 2016 final.

Pepe reportedly had a medicalat Paris St-Germain before opting for Besiktas.

No details were given on the length of the player’s contract.
The Portugal  international was unveiled in a signing ceremony at the Vodafone Arena and he will earn €4.75million per-season.

“I had offers from England, France and Italy but I chose Besiktas,” he said.
It appears Pepe was not keen on  working under Guardiola, who was in charge of Real’s deadly rivals Barca for four years, while Pepe was in his playing pomp.

“I spent 10 wonderful years at Real Madrid,” said Pepe today. “My two daughters were born in Madrid, I won three Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles as well.

“I love Real Madrid and their fans.”
Pepe has also a bonus  in his contract which means for every point Besiktas earn in the league he will earn €4000 – in the matches he plays in.

And based on last season’s points total of 77, Pepe would be in line for a €300,000 bonus over the season – as long as he appeared in the games.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Russia 2017: Portugal edge Mexico in extra time to finish third

Mexico 12 Portugal


Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Moscow.


The European champions were within seconds of losing in normal time after central defender Luis Neto had put through his own goal after 54 minutes.


But Pepe equalised after the clock had ticked past 90 minutes before Adrien Silva converted from the penalty spot at the end of the first period of extra time.


Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the final stages as Portugal defender Nelson Semedo and Mexico substitute Raul Jimenez were sent off for two bookable offences.
Portugal were without their talisman after Cristiano Ronaldo had been excused duty to see his new twins, and his presence was sorely missed as Portugal passed up a raft of chances, including missing yet another penalty following their spot-kick misery during the semifinal defeat to Chile.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Russia 2017 : Portugal  denied victory by a late Hector Moreno goal

GROUP A 

Portugal 2 – 2 Mexico

Hector Moreno snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico denied Portugal a late victory in their opening Confederations Cup match.

Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to the video assistant referees before Ricardo Quaresma sold the keeper a dummy and slotted in.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela’s cross.

Cedric Soares’ 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins- a target for Liverpool – fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.