Following in the footsteps of another legendary Portugal international, Pepe moved to Portugal to sign with C.S Maritimo at the age of 18. Pretty soon, the defender became a naturalized Portuguese citizen. Although he was never called up to represent Brazil in youth categories, Pepe was reportedly contacted by Dunga in 2006 about a future call up. However, the player had already made up his mind about joining the Portuguese national side. Since then, the Real Madrid man has gone on the represent the team well and helped them to a European Championship triumph in 2016.