The Portuguese defender attributed his free-kick goal in Ranger’s 6:0 thumping of Dunfermline on Wednesday to his ‘teacher’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was more or less an instant impact for the 35-year-old Bruno Alves who joined the Scottish club this summer. The former Cagliari player needed just nine minutes to make his mark in the League Cup game and he did so majestically.
Having already taken the lead in the 5th minute, Rangers saw its lead doubled by their latest acquisition via a sublime CR7-esque free-kick. However, goalscorer Bruno Alves was quick to downplay the hype surrounding his feat while attesting that his fellow teammates are also capable of producing such brilliance.
The veteran defender then revealed that he has been picking up tips from Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure perfect execution whenever they meet to train for national team duties. He stated that, although the Seleccao skipper is first in line regarding dead-ball duties, he doesn’t take his tutelage for granted.
“For me, this is something that I used to do and at all the teams I’ve played with I’ve scored some goals by free-kick.
“But we have some other players who can do it and I think the moment will say who’s going to take it. It’s not important.
“What’s important is that the team wins in the end.
“Yes, Ronaldo doesn’t give so many chances but he’s the best,” Alves added in his post-match interview. “He can score very well.
“He’s given me tips. It’s one of his specialties because he has so many good skills and that’s just one more. We’re learning every day with him when we’re together.”