Portuguese football icon Kepler Lima Pepe has etched his name into the annals of UEFA Champions League history by becoming the competition’s oldest goal-scorer.
At the age of 40 years and 254 days, Pepe’s brilliant 91st-minute header secured a crucial victory for Porto over Royal Antwerp propelling them to the top of Group H.
Pepe’s historic achievement in the Champions League surpasses the previous record held by Francesco Totti, who scored at the age of 38 years and 59 days.
Not only has he claimed the title of the oldest goal-scorer, but Pepe also holds the distinction of being the oldest outfield player ever to grace the competition.
The former Real Madrid central defender established this remarkable record when he took the field against the same opponents on October 25. Despite his advanced age, Pepe continues to be a valuable asset for the Portuguese giants, making seven appearances in various competitions.
The celebrated footballer, has a glittering history in the Champions League, having clinched the title three times during his tenure with Real Madrid.
Currently in his second stint with Porto, he first joined the club from 2004 to 2007 before making a triumphant return in 2019, amassing an impressive 261 appearances for the team.