Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey number decision was made based on the final plans for Manchester United day
Man United have assigned Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt number
Manchester United have reportedly found a way to give Cristiano Ronaldo the iconic number 7 jersey.
The shirt is currently used by Edinson Cavani, but the club can seek special permission from the Premier League to make changes.
The Red Devils confirmed on Friday that they had reached an agreement for the return of legendary striker Ronaldo, who has decided to leave Juventus.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the only thing left to finalize a deal is to sign the paperwork that would facilitate Ronaldo’s transfer to Old Trafford 12 years after joining Real Madrid.
Immediately the focus was on whether Ronaldo could wear the No. The famous 7
The 36-year-old was named by Sir Alex Ferguson and continues to join the long list of legends who made up the character. George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham are former Manchester United 7.
Ronaldo continued to wear the number 7 at Real Madrid after one season, the number 9. Then he wore the same number at Juventus and wore it for the Portugal national team.
There was some confusion over how Cavani could wear the shirt if the Uruguayan agreed to replace French journalist Tangi Le Seviler, saying it could already happen.
He said Cavani would be number 21 if Daniel James joined Leeds United.
The Welsh international is in advanced talks with Lilien over a permanent deal, according to the Guardian.
Cavani, who wore the number 21 for Uruguay, will take on the role of James and allow Ronaldo to wear the number 7, Le Sevilla said.
However, others said the special clearance window had passed as Cavani stood off the bench against the wolves on Sunday, wearing the number 7.
Speculation about Ronaldo’s shirt number is likely to continue, although an anecdote from the Portuguese has suggested he might pick up another sentimental number at the club.
Ronaldo previously recalled how he wanted to wear the #28 when he first came in; in 2003.
He wore the number at Sporting Lisbon as a teenager, but Ferguson instead gave him the number 7 worn by Best, Cantona and Beckham.
Ronaldo described himself as “petrified” with the jersey the first time he wore it.
When I got to United I asked about 28 but the coach said, “No, you’re going to wear seven,” Ronaldo said at a promotional event in 2016.
“I was terrified to know that [David] Beckham was wearing this shirt. But I accepted the challenge and this has been my lucky number ever since. I won everything in football with this shirt.”
Ronaldo was another United hero to carry the number, winning three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League final. He scored 118 goals in 292 games before leaving the record transfer to Real at the time.
United defender Luke Shaw said the striker’s return gave the dressing room a “boost”.
When asked by Sky Sports if Ronaldo’s arrival upset the players, Shaw said: “Yes, of course there are many.
“I feel the club has seen serious improvement not only inside, but outside as well, which is of course a very positive result.
“He has been one of the best players in the world for a few years now and everyone is happy to see him come in, learn from him and play with him.