Former Rangers defender Bruno Alves has announced his retirement from football at the age of 40, with the centre-back most recently playing for Greek side Apollon Smyrnis FC.
The 96-cap Portugual international confirmed in a post on his official Instagram account that he has called time on his career, with Alves spending just one season with Rangers in what was a turbulent 12 months for the former FC Porto and Fenerbahce star.
Alves joined Rangers in 2017, yet just one year after joining the Bears, the defender had already packed his bags for Italian side Parma, with the defender playing for 12 clubs in total during his long and storied career which took him to Russia, Greece and Italy.
The defender posted on his Instagram: “Today I communicate that I have finished my playing career, to which I am very grateful for everything. To all the managers, teammates, coaches and people who were involved in my sporting life, thank you. To my family and friends, thank you for all the support. This journey might end, but other opportunities will arise. See you soon. Thank you!”
Arguably the biggest name to join Rangers during the Pedro Caixinha era of the club, the defender’s failure to adapt to life in Scotland would summarise this entire spell for the Gers, which was plagued with embarrassing lows and very few highs.
However, Alves still claims to hold a love for Rangers despite playing just 25 times for the club. The centre-back said last year after Steven Gerrard’s SPL title win: “I was so happy for Rangers when they won the league last season They have been trying for so long to reach this moment and the fans deserve it.
Alves added: “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.”