In roughly thirty days, on the finish of subsequent month, Pepe shall be 40 years outdated.
He continues to play for the Portuguese nationwide staff and FC Porto. And he continues to beat, match after match, championship after championship, the boundaries of the physique and the understanding of coaches and scientists linked to the physiology of sport.
As a participant he gained the whole lot there was to win.
He would not have the Ballon d’Or like Cristiano, however he was one of the best Portuguese participant within the European Championship that we gained in a metropolis of Paris that, for as soon as, was the town the place we dictated the principles.
He gained the champions league.
And he continues to be an instance for the little ones and to stand up each day with the thought of bettering, of being as much as par, of displaying that he owes nothing to the youngsters.
There are nonetheless Portuguese who mistrust him.
I even heard individuals questioning whether or not or not Pepe ought to nonetheless be referred to as as much as the nationwide staff.
For some it isn’t sufficient.
For others, Pepe is Brazilian.
Or is it unhealthy like snakes.
Or ought to they provide approach to the brand new ones.
Or this and that.
But it will not be effectively understood who this aggressive monster is who ended up taking part in Portugal’s final sport on the World Cup with a damaged arm.
Who is he, the place did he come from, why the hell does he sing the Portuguese anthem with such fervor or why, from the primary second, he made an effort to talk with out the sugar with which Brazilians deal with the Portuguese language so effectively.
Some might not know that Pepe is definitely Portuguese.
Within itself, throughout the depths it inhabits, our country represents the happiness it by no means imagined doable.
You know, Pepe got here with nothing from Brazil.
He performed soccer with a small staff in Alagoas, he was 17 years outdated and he had gotten used to surviving. Always afraid that his mom would undergo, Dona Rosilene with whom Pepe slept till he got here to Portugal to check out with Marítimo’s secondary staff.
They slept in a poor home, there weren’t two beds, Pepe bought used to being pampered by his mom who handled him as if he had been an everlasting little one, a mom’s boy.
Pepe waited till he turned 18 and flew to Funchal on a ticket despatched to him by the membership.
I had no cash.
He had the quantity corresponding to 5 euros in his hand.
And on the airport in Lisbon, ready for the flight to Funchal, he thought that if he referred to as his mom he would not be capable of eat something. But if he ate one thing, he might now not name his mom.
Pepe had little doubt about it.
He telephoned Mrs. Rosilene.
Both wept, each promised: He would possibly win to assist her, and she or he would possibly reside many years to witness his victories.
The name to Brazil did not take lengthy.
The sales space swallowed their cash.
And Pepe was very hungry.
He then approached a younger man who labored at Pans and Company.
Very shy, virtually scared, he requested if he might have a sandwich. The boy did not perceive straight away, he requested him which one he needed, there was one for everybody.
Pepe, with tears in his eyes, replied that he had no cash, however that he was ravenous.
The boy disappeared over-the-counter and returned with two baguettes and a drink, no more questions, only a smile and a want of excellent luck.
From that day on, Pepe needed to repay the country for the generosity with which he was obtained.
From that day on I needed to talk just like the Portuguese.
Know the anthem.
Learn concerning the historical past of Portugal.
Make pals, household, begin over.
From that day on, he determined that this was the place he needed to reside endlessly.
And it was from that episode that Pepe, maybe one of the best defender within the historical past of Portuguese soccer, discovered the power to transcend himself, to win, to meet himself.
And it’s to this second that he returns at any time when he lacks power.
What nobody notices.
Even if he turns 40 subsequent month, nobody notices.
Thank you, Pepe.