Portugese and Real Madrid defender Pepe had a dream year in 2016. First he won the Champions League with his club Real Madrid and later in July he won the Euro 2016 Championship with Portugal. In December, Pepe and his team Real Madrid were crowned World Champions in club Football. The player has thus won 3 important titles namely Champions League, Euro Cup and Club World Cup in the very same year 2016.
Real Madrid won the Champions League back in May 2016, beating Athletico Madrid on penalties. Sergio Ramos' controversial finish had put Real Madrid ahead before Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty. Yannick Carrasco scored for Athletico Madrid to sent the final into extra-time with a close-range finish. In the shoot out Luck was on Real Madrid's side as they went on to win the trophy. Thus Pepe collected the first silverware of the year.
Next major tournament for Pepe was Euro 2016. Although Portugal finished third in their group, they qualified to knockouts as one of the best third placed teams. Knockout fixtures also favoured Portugal. They avoided heavy weights England, Italy, Spain, Germany who were all in other half of knock outs. Thus Portugal went on to beat Croatia, Poland and Wales in the knock outs to set up a final clash with France.Pepe was man of the match in the Euro Final Pepe's performance in the Euro Cup final against France was crucial in giving Portugal their first major title. Pepe was named Man of the Match after a stout defensive display. France had the tournament's leading scorer and best player in Antoine Griezmann. But Pepe produced a performance that nullified French attack, making 17 successful interceptions and coming out on top in more than half of the aerial duels he was involved in. Pepe's 12 clearances were more than any team-mate, while he also led the team with three blocks. Pepe was also the catalyst for a number of Portuguese attacks. All in all, Pepe carried Portugal across the finish line with a near-perfect, two-hour performance to deny France against the odds in the final deservedly earning him the man of the match award.
When Real Madrid took the honours at the FIFA Club World Cup on December 18, it ensured Pepe 's 2016 ended in the best way possible. The player achieved 3 major titles in the year 2016. Incredible Indeed!