Monday, 18 October 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo given No. 7 at Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo given No. 7 at Manchester United

The former Juventus and Real Madrid star have received his favorite number, with Edinson Cavani moving to No. 21 to accommodate him.

Manchester United has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will don his favorite No. 7 shirt for the 2021-22 Premier League season.

Cristiano Ronaldo's blockbuster return to Old Trafford from Juventus was one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window.

And the club has now unveiled his new shirt, inherited from Edinson Cavani, who switches to 21, as he awaits a 2nd 'debut' with the Red Devils.

What was said?

"Red Devils can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Manchester United Old Trafford," the club explained in a statement published which is on its official website.

"The Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell at Manchester United, and we can now confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will have it on his back once again.

"In his 1st six seasons at the club, between 2003 to 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances, winning nine trophies including the UEFA Champions League and three Premier League titles.

 

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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2021

"As everyone knows, the no. 7 is a unique number in the history of Manchester United.

"It has formerly been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham in it, Ronaldo.

"Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

"As our new signing is allocated no.7, El Matador will switch to no.21, the same number our prolific striker wears for the Uruguayan national team."

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When will Ronaldo make his bow?

Now his number has been confirmed; attention will now turn to when Ronaldo will retake the field for United.

While he made just one short cameo at club level so far in 2020-21, coming off the bench in Juventus' Serie A opener, Wednesday's two-goal turn against Ireland for Portugal showed that there are no doubts over the 36-year-old's fitness.

Furthermore, the striker has secured an early release from international duty. He is suspended for Portugal's next World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, heightening hopes that the first match of this second spell will come sooner rather than later.

The club added.

"United's first fixture after the international break, in which Ronaldo could make his return to Old Trafford, is at home to Newcastle United on Saturday 11 September,"

"We all are excited to see our returning no. 7 in action at the Theatre of Dreams once again."

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