Pepe made history in the Champions League by scoring a goal in the 91st minute against Antwerp, becoming the oldest player to do so and surpassing Francesco Totti. On November 7, 2023, the Portuguese defender for Porto, born on February 26, 1983, in Maceiò, Brazil, secured a 2-0 victory for the home team at the age of 40 years and 254 days. This marked the first time a player over 40 had ever scored in the prestigious continental club tournament. Additionally, Pepe had already set a record as the oldest outfield player to participate in a Champions League match, making this achievement even more extraordinary.
Pepe’s goal exemplified his characteristic presence in the box, as he skillfully directed a cross with his head from six yards out, overpowering the goalkeeper in the process.
This crucial goal secured a significant win for Porto, ensuring they maintain their position in second place in the Champions League group. They now sit three points ahead of third-placed Shakhtar Donetsk, who also secured a victory with a 1-0 win over Barcelona.