Soccer Football - Champions League - Besiktas J.K vs AS Monaco - Vodafone Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - November 1, 2017 Besiktas' Pepe warms up before the match REUTERS/Murad Sezer
CAIRO – 7 November 2017: Besiktas defender Képler Laveran, known as Pepe, praised the Besiktas fan atmosphere and its impact on the players on the field.
“In Turkey, people like this sport; they only think about football, and after the matches, we hear noise until dawn. When you enter the field, the noise that comes from the stands always surprises me,” Pepe told press on Monday.
Pepe left Real Madrid this summer to join Turkish club Besiktas and since then has won a regular place on Besiktas’ lineup.
Pepe compared Besiktas fans with the fans in Real Madrid, saying, “The moods in Besiktas and Madrid are very different. Maybe the fans of Real Madrid won't like what I say.”
Pepe added, “People say that they (Real Madrid fans) transmit enthusiasm, but I don't think so. This is not reality."
Pepe, born in Brazil, represented Real Madrid for 10 years, winning three Spanish League titles with the club in 2008, 2012 and 2017. He also won three Champions League titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017.