It is a competition that has yet to capture the football world's imagination, but when Russian Federation 2017 begins Saturday, every continental champion, plus the World Cup winners and host nation, will be attempting to win the trophy, and Ronaldo has admitted that he regards it as a cup he dreams of lifting.
Santos was speaking in his prematch news conference in Kazan Arena ahead of the European champion's opening Confederations Cup game against Mexico on Sunday. Matches will be played in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.
"Portugal always shows ambition in every competition that it plays", Alves said.
Hugo Broos has demanded a balanced approach from his Cameroon players when they take on Chile - a team he believes are better than Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. But for the next two weeks, the main thing on the mind of the reigning Ballon d'Or holder is winning more silverware in the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event.
Portugal, who made it to the tournament after beating hosts France in the Euro 2016 final, are in Group A along with Russia, New Zealand and Mexico.
Among the speculation of a shock move to Old Trafford which Ronaldo is pushing for according to Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon, the four time Champions League victor posted a tweet with a sole Portugal flag. He also scored important goals in the decisive stages of the Spanish league, a competition Madrid won this season for the first time in five years.
That friendly came after the Socceroos only just scraped past Saudi Arabia 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier.
Soccer fans are eagerly awaiting the FIFA Confederations Russia Cup 2017 kicking off this weekend. With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos, Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets.
Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.
They enjoyed a 7-0 win over San Marino on Saturday, an expected result but one that will nevertheless serve as a confidence-booster for Die Mannschaft. "Of course, it would be a dream to win it", Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League.
Defender Miguel Layun and midfielder Hector Herrera play for FC Porto, while forward Raul Jimenez plays for Benfica.
Chile's back to back Copa America triumphs has seen them emerge as a world superpower and victory in Russian Federation will cement their status as a team to watch when the World Cup returns here in 12 months' time.