Football: Pepe joins Besiktas after a decade at Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Pepe lifting the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017.
Real Madrid defender Pepe lifting the trophy after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Portugal international Pepe has signed for Besiktas, the Turkish champions announced on Tuesday, bringing to an end 10 incident-packed years with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 34-year-old Brazilian-born defender joined Real from Porto in 2007 for €30 million (S$47 million), winning the LaLiga title in his first campaign.

His contract with Real expired last month and he leaves Real after winning three LaLiga titles, two King's Cup trophies and three Champions League triumphs, although he missed this year's victory against Juventus due to injury.

Pepe gained infamy in his second campaign in Spain for kicking out at Getafe's Javier Casquero after fouling him and punching Juan Albin in a game in April 2009, earning a 10-game ban and later said he had "lost control".

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He was sent off four times for Real, including a red card for a lunge on Barcelona's Dani Alves in a Champions League semi-final first-leg tie in 2011, but will be fondly remembered by the Real fans for his spirited performances and consistent partnership with captain Sergio Ramos.

Pepe has made 86 appearances for Portugal and was named Man of the Match in the Euro 2016 final win over France.

He scored an stoppage-time equaliser in Sunday's Confederations Cup third place play-off game against Mexico to send it into extra time in which the European champions won 2-1.