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Pepe want Cristiano Ronaldo to dump Real Madrid and join him at Besiktas

Former Real Madrid player Pepe wants former team-mate to leave Madrid and join him in Turkey.

Former Cristiano Ronaldo team-mate at Real Madrid Pepe has urged the former Manchester United star to dump the Spanish giants and join him at Besiktas.

Pepe, who was along with Ronaldo at Real Madrid for eight seasons, left Madrid to join Besiktas last season after Winning 3 Champions League, 3 Laliga and 2 Copa del Rey.

Ronaldo’s long-term future remains in doubt amid reports that he feels undervalued by hierarchy, Pepe said that Ronaldo was the one player he would like to join him at the Istanbul club.

“If I could choose and if it were possible, of course I would like for Cristiano [Ronaldo] to come here,” he said. “He’s a person for whom I have maximum respect.”

“I had many offers from many big, important European clubs,” he said. “When Besiktas came to me with their offer and their project — it grabbed my attention. Many people sending me messages on social media, to my wife as well and those around me.

“I couldn’t turn my back on all this affection. I spent a lot of time in Spain and Portugal as well… But here it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. Here, Turkish people live football. Football is a passion of theirs. They demonstrate it with love and affection for their team.”

Pepe added that his countryman was more normal than people think.

“Off the pitch, Cristiano is an extremely normal person,” he said. “People talk without knowing the real Cristiano. He’s a normal person with normal habits like us… He’s demonstrated that he’s a good father and he also has a lot of time for his sons.

“He stresses the importance of being a father which I think is important. He’s does this perfectly and naturally.”

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