Pepe's debut for Porto shows why he has a reputation as a hothead

Real Madrid had a pretty secure backline during Pepe’s time at the club from 2007 to 2017.

The Portuguese international’s partnership with Sergio Ramos along with Iker Casillas in between the sticks created a formidable triangle that earnt Madrid the La Liga title in 2011/12.

Pepe was also a regular during Los Galacticos’ Champions League campaigns of 2013/14 and 2015/16 – both resulting in the trophy going to the Spanish giants.

After leaving the club in 2017, Pepe went to Besiktas in Turkey for a season and impressed despite talks of his legs beginning to fail.

His performances attracted old club Porto – who Pepe played for between 2004 and 2007 – and the Portuguese champions re-signed the 35-year-old on a 2 and a half year deal.

Over a decade after his last game for Azuis e Brancos.

Despite having a decorated and widely respected career, Pepe has not shied away from controversy.

The central defender has built a reputation for producing horror tackles and showing various acts lacking in sportsmanship. 

His record of 74 yellows and three red cards sums up his defensive approach – and to be brutally honest it’s a surprise his record is not far worse.

The Porto faithful were highly anticipating the second debut of their returning star and Pepe did not disappoint, reminding the footballing world exactly why he is one of the most hated players in football.

Porto were up against Leixoes in the Taca de Portugal – basically the Portuguese equivalent to the FA Cup – and were expected to secure a comfortable win but only scraped through 2-1 in extra time.

With minutes remaining of normal time, Pepe had been reasonably quiet, but fear not, the veteran finally showed us what he was made of when he needlessly lunged in studs up on his opponent.

The tackle was one of five yellow cards in the game but should the punishment have been more severe? 

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