Premier League giants, Manchester United on Friday announced the signing of legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be joining the Red Devils 12 years after he left the club for Real Madrid. There have been many rumors surrounding the transfer news of Cristiano Ronaldo. On Friday, it was finally concluded that where will Ronaldo go. In the beginning, Cristiano Ronaldo was close to joining Manchester City but later in a shocking turnaround of the entire situation, it was confirmed that Manchester United have stepped in and completed the signing of Ronaldo. In Manchester United, Ronaldo played for six seasons from 2003-2009. With the club, he won eight major trophies along with the Ballon d’Or in 2008 and now he has returned to the club that made him a superstar. Ronaldo is the man who has elevated the dignity of number seven jersey, but it will be exciting to know that Who will wear Number 7 at Manchester United.
On03 September 2021, Manchester United confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford. The Portuguese captain wore the legendary shirt number 7 during his first spell with the club and will now wear it again on his comeback to United. Edinson Cavani wore the Number 7 shirt last season and was also wearing the same in this season. As now Ronaldo has been allocated the no.7, Cavani will switch to no.21, the same number that he wears for the Uruguayan national team. With the departure of Daniel James, the 21 number jersey was lying free. Cristiano Ronaldo thanked Edinson Cavani for his beautiful gesture.
“I was not 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.”
If you want to know why Cristiano wanted to leave Juventus, then read the following article:
Cristiano Ronaldo has worn the number 7 shirt at every club he has played for since 2003, be it Manchester United, Real Madrid or Juventus. He is the best number seven in the history of football and has built his entire brand under the ‘CR7’ name. When Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003, he wanted to take the number 28. It was Sir Alex Ferguson who persuaded him to take up the iconic number seven jersey which has been worn previously by club legends. Cristiano was handed the No.7 shirt in the 2003/4 season and continued to wear until he left in the summer of 2009. In his spell with Real Madrid and Juventus also, Cristiano improved the dignity of number 7 jersey by wearing it.
Manchester United Number 7 History
Many legendary players have worn the number 7 jersey while playing for Manchester United. The following footballers have worn the iconic jersey at United.
Angel Di Maria
Who will wear Number 7 at Manchester United?
In the present time, the situation is a little bit different. In the current Manchester United squad, Edinson Cavani owns the iconic No.7 shirt. There would have been no issue if Cavani leaves Old Trafford in this transfer window. But that’s not the case. Cavani has already signed an extension with United and is also included in the plans of Ole Gunner. Ronaldo would love to have his number 7 jersey back but for now, the number is currently unavailable to the Portugal captain.
Although, taking into consideration the legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, it is quite sure that the club would find a solution for this jersey issue. As it would be difficult for United fans to watch Cristiano in a jersey other than number 7. But in case, if any difficulty arises in allocating the number 7 jersey to Ronaldo than which number jersey will Ronaldo wear. Ronaldo can also take the No.28 shirt which he wore during his debut season for Sporting Clube in 2002/3. He even asked the No.28 jersey in 2003 but Ferguson gave him No.7 jersey.
Another twist in the story is that Cristiano might not be able to wear No.7 jersey in his first season with Manchester United. The number 7 is already assigned to Edinson Cavani and the Premier League season has already begun and swaps between players during the campaign are against the rules. The only way in which a number can become available again once the season has begun is if the player wearing the number leaves and Cavani is going nowhere.