With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And judging by this video, football hardman Pepe is certainly in the mood for romance.
Donning a striking white tuxedo, the Real Madrid star takes to a grand piano adorned with rose petals to express his everlasting affection… for his Umbro Speciali football boots!
The 32-year-old, famed for his rocky disciplinary record, has cleaned up his act on the pitch and has not been sent off since he saw red at the 2014 World Cup against Germany.
Real Madrid defender Pepe stars in a new Valentine’s Day advert for Umbro’s Speciali football boots
Dressed in a white tuxedo, the 32-year-old plays a piano – while declaring his love for the Umbro Speciali
The Umbro Speciali was the first pair of boots the Portugal international owned as a boy
Off the field, sources close to the Portugal international insist he is a grounded, humble and happy family man.
And if this video – seen first by Sportsmail – is anything to go by, he sure is a loving person too… especially when it comes to showing his appreciation for his tools of the trade.
Playing the piano, Pepe says: ‘I knew the first time I saw you that you were special.
‘Then I held you. ‘It was a like a dream come dream.
‘So soft. So beautiful. ‘You made me want to be better.
‘And I am better. And I don’t now where I end. And you begin.
‘Why would I ever want another. I was made for you. And you for me. You complete me.’
Pepe showcases his piano skills during the Valentine’s Day advert for Umbro’s Speciali football boots
Footballers are usually well-paid to promote products, but in this case there is genuine love from Pepe.
The iconic Speciali boot, memorably worn by England legends Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, was the first pair of boots the Bernabeu defender owned as a boy.
It took his father two years to pay for them, as Sportsmail revealed last July.
Pepe can look forward to enjoying Valentine’s Day off this year, as Real play a day earlier when Zinedine Zidane’s side take on Athletic Bilbao looking for three points to narrow rivals Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga.
Pepe will be hoping to be included in Real’s starting XI when they host Athletic Bilbao on Saturday afternoon