Unexpectedly the Premier League management granted Manchester United’s request to swap jersey number for Edinson Cavani as new signing Cristiano Ronaldo gets ready to wear the number 7 jersey for his second debut for the club.
The number 7 is Ronaldo’s favorite jersey number and he had maintained it while playing for Real Madrid and Juventus. Also, he wears the same number for his national team – Portugal.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner comes back to the club after 11 years of playing across some big teams in Europe. It is an exciting move for the striker who is ready to play under a former teammate as manager.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani has accepted to wear the number 21 for the 2021-22 Premier League season to give Ronaldo his favorite jersey number as he prepares for his debut in the coming week.
“Manchester United has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford,” the club explained in a statement published on its official website.
“The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell at United and we can now confirm that Ronaldo will have it on his back once again.”
“In his first six seasons at the club, between 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo 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 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.”