Manchester United can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt
after returning to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo completed a sensational return to Old Trafford last Friday – after it initially
appeared he was on his way to Manchester City – and fans have been itching to find
out which number the 36-year-old superstar will be wearing, given Edinson Cavani
occupied his favored No.7.
There had been some reports suggesting Cavani was reluctant to simply step aside
but it was confirmed this evening that the Uruguayan will be switching to the No.21
jersey, which he wears at the international level.
In Ronaldo’s first six seasons at the club, between 2003 and 2009, he made 292
appearances and scored 118 goals, winning nine trophies including three Premier
League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
“As we all know, the no. 7 is a special number in the history of United.
“It has previously been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric
Cantona and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham
Ronaldo showed his gratitude to his new teammate Edison Cavani.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again, so I would
like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture.”
The news comes as Ronaldo returns to the UK early from international duty to join
up with his club.
Portugal allowed Ronaldo to leave camp as he is now ineligible for their next World
Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.