The defender deserved to win the Player of the Tournament accolade after playing a decisive role in Portugalâ€™s Euros triumph, according to the Real Madrid superstar
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Portugal and Real Madrid team-mate Pepe should have been named the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 ahead of Antoine Griezmann.
France international Griezmann netted six goals along with two assists to scoop the best player prize and the Golden Boot, but his side were beaten by Portugal in the final of the competition.
Pepe was central to that triumph, and Ronaldo â€“ who featured alongside him in the Team of the Tournament â€“ claims the 33-year-old defender would have been a worthier winner.
â€œIn my book, Pepe was extraordinary this year,â€ he told UEFA.com. â€œIt was possibly his best season.
â€œHe was undoubtedly Portugalâ€™s best player and one of Real Madridâ€™s best players in the Champions League.
â€œIâ€™m delighted he was selected in the Team of the Tournament at the Euros â€“ in my opinion Pepe was the best player at the Euros.â€
Ronaldo is on a three-man shortlist for UEFAâ€™s Best Player in Europe award, along with Madrid colleague Gareth Bale and Griezmann, with the winner due to be announced on Thursday.