Age Defying Pepe Shows Why Ronaldo Shouted, ‘The King Is Back’

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After Portugal overcame opponents North Macedonia 2-0 on Tuesday night to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup it became clear why Cristiano Ronaldo excitedly proclaimed that “the King is back” when Pepe Returned to training with the national team.

Man United’s Bruno Fernandes scored twice against North Macedonia to end that country’s fairy tale run.

Last week on Thursday, European champions Italy were dumped out of the 2022 World Cup by North Macedonia after losing 0-1 in their play-off in Palermo.

Pepe, who returned to training on Sunday, was rock solid at the back and even ventured into the North Macedonia goal area.

The 39-year-old defender missed Thursday’s 3-1 win over Turkey due to Covid-19.

When Pepe came out of the changing room to train on Sunday, 37-year-old Ronaldo was heard shouting: “The king is back! Look out!”. 

Now we all know why – Portugal’s age-defying athletes are determined to play in another World Cup.