Former Real Madrid defender Pepe signs for Besiktas

Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs CA Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

Pepe donned the Real Madrid jersey for nearly a decade but was left without a contract last month after he rejected a one-year extension with the Spanish club.

Veteran Portuguese defender Pepe has joined Turkish giants Besiktas on a three-year deal after his release from Real Madrid. According to reports in the Turkish media, he is set to sign a two-year contract with Beşiktaş.

Though Pepe made only 18 appearances for Real Madrid last season due to injuries, he was a key member of the Portuguese national team that won the European Championship title a year ago.

Pepe won three Champions League crowns and three La Liga trophies in his decade-long stay at the Bernabeu where he joined from FC Porto in 2007. He scored an added time equalizer in the Confederations Cup third place playoff game against Mexico on July 2 to send it into extra time where the European champions won 2-1. At the same time, the centre back also gained infamy for his aggressive behaviour on the field. The central defender was also a part of the team as they beat France 1-0 to win the Euro 2016 a year ago, for which he was named "Man of the Match".

Having said that, he will still depart Santiago Bernabeu as a fan favourite due to his passionate performances and consistent partnership with Sergio Ramos.

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