5 shocking facts everyone should know about Pepe
5. Man of the Match in Euro 2016 final and part of Team of the Tournament
Pepe was colossal for Portugal in defense at Euro 2016 and was duly rewarded with his team winning the title. For starters, reaching the final of the tournament itself was a miracle for them, as they won only one game in the allotted 90 minutes in the whole tournament. Winning the grand prize was something they would have never expected in their wildest dreams.
While the limelight was on Cristiano Ronaldo, it was Pepe whose steely displays in defense helped Portugal to a historic triumph. Cristiano Ronaldo was out injured with about three-fourth of the match left to play in the final. When most of Portugal’s hopes had already waned, Pepe stood up like a leader and defended like his life was on the line.
And, in the end, he was awarded with the man of the match accolade for his outstanding display of bravery and solidity in Portugal’s backline.
His consistency throughout the tournament also saw him named in the Team of the Tournament.