Pepe (Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira ComM) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Turkish club Beşiktaş and the Portugal national team. Born 26 February 1983, during his professional career he has played for Marítimo, Porto and Real Madrid, with individual and team success with the latter two clubs.
He won three league titles, three European Cups and played 334 games for Real Madrid. An aggressive, physically strong and tenacious defender, Pepe is known for his hard-tackling style of play. However, despite his defensive abilities, he has also drawn criticism due to his tendency to pick up cards, as he has occasionally shown violent or unsportsmanlike behaviour, which includes diving, on the pitch.
Born and raised in Brazil, Pepe opted to play for the Portugal national team, playing at three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. He was a member of the team that won UEFA Euro 2016, also reaching the semi-final of Euro 2012. His father named him Kepler Laveran in honor to scientists Johannes Kepler and Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran.