Pepe named as world’s best defender of 2016

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Real Madrid and Portugal ace Pepe is the highest-ranked defender in the 2016 Goal 50.

The 33-year-old centre-half is coming off the back of the most successful summer of his career, helping los Blancos win the Champions League in May before playing a pivotal part in his country's surprise Euro 2016 triumph, turning in a man of the match-winning performance in the final against France.

As a result, the former Porto man was rewarded with a 12th-placed ranking in the Goal 50, with Pepe's central defensive partner at the Santiago Bernabeu, Spain's Sergio Ramos, finishing just seven places further back.

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