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CD – Pepe

SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 30: Pepe of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ricardo Carvalho’s replacement in Porto, Pepe made his debut for the Portugal national side in 2007, a few months after completing his move to Real Madrid.

He is still representing his country, having made 107 appearances in his international career so far. Pepe has won the UEFA EURO in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019 with the Portuguese national team.