Kleper Laveran Lima Ferreira ‘Pepe’ was born on 26 February 1983 in Maceió, Brazil. He began his football career with a local neighborhood team and put the finishing touches on his development with Corinthians Alagoano. At the age of 18 he signed for the Portugal’s CS Marítimo B squad on the island of Madeira. Although he had difficulty adjusting to island of life, Pepe made fast progress, which happened to match the attention of European football giant, Porto, who he signed for in 2004.
Pepe has been considered by many as the perfect 21st century centre-back. He is said to have scissors attached to his legs because he cuts off absolutely everything, but he also exhibits uncanny technique, perfect tactical prowess, great placement, strength, intelligence, a dominant aerial game…
Performances like that displayed in Real Madrid’s 0-1 victory in the Camp Nou in 2007/08 only confirm Pepe’s status among the world’s best. His perfect match, and perhaps the best of his blossoming career, garnished him Man of the Match honours.
- Place of Birth: Maceió, Brazil
- Date of Birth: 02/26/1986
- Position: Defender
- Weight: 81 kg
- Height: 187.1 cm
- Nationality: Portuguese/Brazilian
- La Liga (Spanish League): 2007/08, 2011/12
- Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup): 2010/11
- Spanish Super Cup: 2008, 2012
- Portuguese League: 2005/06, 2006/07
- Super Cup Cândido de Oliveira: 2006
- Cup of Portugal: 2005/06
- Intercontinental Cup: 2004