Veteran centre-back Pepe has agreed to continue his playing career at Porto, signing a new contract with the Portuguese giants at the age of 40.
Pepe is nearing the end of his 23rd senior season, the last five of his spells at Porto, representing his second season at the Estádio do Dragao.
The Portugal defender with 133 caps has no plans to retire yet, having signed a 12-month extension with Porto to stay at the club until the end of next season.
“I’m very nervous because this contract means a lot to me,” Pepe, who has played 28 times this season, told Porto’s official website.
“As a player and as a person, I usually say that I am very honest. I am 40 years old, but I owe a lot to Porto and do not want to deceive the president or the people at the club.
“I want to thank everyone at the club for making me a better player, person and father every day.”
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) April 23, 2023
During his two spells at Porto, Pepe won 12 trophies, including four Primeira Liga titles.
He also won the Champions League and La Liga three times each in a 10-year span with Real Madrid, and also won Euro 2016 and the 2018-19 Nations League with Portugal.