Pepe's debut for his club Belenenses (against Benfica on 28th February,1926) was the stuff of legend. Pepe came on in the 75th minute with Benfica leading 4-1. In the next 13 minutes, Belenenses scored three goals. When Belenenses were awarded a 90th minute penalty Pepe was ordered to take it as there were no volunteers. He scored to make it 5-4.
Pepe made his international debut at the age of 19 (16.03.27).
He died of food poisoning at the age of 23.