Pepe started in the home game against Royal Antwerp in the 4th match of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage held at the Estadio do Dragan in Porto, Portugal on the 8th, and his team Porto scored 2-0 just before the end of the game. The wedge gun exploded, confirming victory.
Pepe, who played as a center back, finished off Francisco Conceição's cross from the right in extra time in the second half with a neat header. It was the first goal scored this season.
However, with this goal, Pepe entered Champions League history. According to European statistics company Opta, Pepe, who turned 40 years and 254 days old on this day, became the first scorer in his 40s in Champions League history with this goal. He broke the record for the oldest scorer.
The previous record for the oldest scorer in the Champions League was held by AS Roma legend Francesco Totti at 38 years and 59 days. Totti played against CSKA Moscow in November 2014. However, when Pepe scored that day, he became the oldest scorer and the first scorer in his 40s.
Pepe, the oldest field player, is now on his way to becoming the oldest player in the Champions League. The oldest player in the Champions League is goalkeeper Marco Ballotta. He played for Lazio against Real Madrid in December 2007 at the age of 43 years and 252 days.
Pepe is a legend for the Portuguese national team. Pepe, who helped Portugal win UEFA Euro 2016, gained a reputation as a top defender, especially during his 10 years at Real Madrid (2007-2017).
Pepe, who has a solid physique (188cm, 81kg), enjoys physical fights, but blocks opposing attackers with his fast speed. Because of his rough play, he was also called ‘Gang Pepe’ in Korea.
At the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he joined the Portuguese national team and played in the group stage match against Korea. He was also the mastermind behind the header pass (?) that became the starting point for Son Heung-min's 70m dribble, which helped Hwang Hee-chan's dramatic winning goal.
[Oldest scorer in the Champions League]
Pepe (FC Porto) vs Royal Antwerp, November 7, 2023 - 40 years, 254 days
Francesco Totti (AS Roma) vs CSKA Moscow, November 25, 2014 - 38 years, 59 days
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) v Benfica, September 14, 2011 - 37 years, 290 days.
Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan) v Real Madrid, 3 November 2010 – 37 years, 87 days
Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan) v Tottenham, 20 November 2010 - 37 years, 72 days
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) vs Celtic, 2 November 2022 - 37 years, 54 days
Edin Dzeko (Inter Milan) vs AC Milan, 10 May 2023 - 37 years, 54 days
Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) vs Paris Saint-Germain, November 7, 2023 - 37 years, 38 days