Former Rangers centre-back Bruno Alves has hung up his boots on the park but he’s almost immediately moved into a sporting director role at AEK Athens off it.
The 40-year-old Portuguese centre-half has called time on a glittering career which saw him play at the very top level in Portugal, Russia, Greece, Turkey and Italy, playing 96 times for his country.
Now, Bruno Alves will be hoping to make his mark off it as he moves into a sporting director role at one of his former clubs in AEK Athens.
Alves spent the 04/05 season on loan at the Greek club whilst contracted to FC Porto.
It’s a big step for the defender with AEK Athens a sizeable club who have European ambitions, making this a great opportunity for Bruno Alves.
Ex-Rangers defender Bruno Alves appointed at AEK Athens
Starting his career with FC Porto, Bruno Alves had loan stints at Farense, Vitoria Guimaraes and AEK Athens before fully establishing himself in the Portuguese club’s squad.
Alves would eventually go on to play over 170 games for the Porto first team.
Spells at Zenit St Petersburg, Fenerbahce and Cagliari followed before an ill-fated stint in Glasgow with Rangers under the reign of Pedro Caixinha in 2017/18.
Playing 25 times for the Gers, Bruno Alves left a year later to join FC Parma where he played for three seasons before joining his final club Apollon Smyrnis in the Greek second tier.
Despite a disappointing spell at Rangers, Alves has previously congratulated the club on last season’s title win and claimed he’ll support Rangers “forever”.
“I was so happy for Rangers when they won the league last season,” said Alves [Daily Record].
“They have been trying for so long to reach this moment and the fans deserve it.
“The supporters were always there for the club so it was a very special moment. I had one season there and it might not have been the best period but I loved it.
“Rangers, for me, was a very good experience. I learned so much.
“Not only the football but also the culture and I was very well received in a new country and I’ll cherish that forever and support Rangers forever.”
Meanwhile, reports of a new deal for a Rangers veteran are wide of the mark, according to club insiders.