Cristiano Ronaldo is set to wear the iconic jersey No. 7 in his Man United, reclaiming it to striker Edinson Cavani, who offered to vacate the shirt number and wear jersey No. 21 instead. The Portuguese forward wore the digit during his first spell at Old Trafford where he scored 118 goals in 292 games during his first spell at the Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009.
The No 7 is an iconic one at United, with the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham all having it adorn their shirts down the years. Ronaldo took the number following Beckham’s departure and after 12 years, the 36-year-old returns to the Red Devils to wear the same number, having completed a move from Juventus this summer and signing a two-year deal in the Premier League.
According to Premier League rules stipulate any mid-season change of number requires the club to provide replacements to any fans who have paid to have the name and number of the previous occupant on their back. The swap also needs to be ratified by the league, as squad numbers for the campaign have already been submitted.
Before his return to the English club, Ronaldo hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal, breaking the world record for goals scored in men’s international football previously held by Iran’s Ali Daei. Ronaldo scored twice in the final minutes to give Portugal a 2-1 win in their dramatic World Cup qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo’s record-setting goal came in the 89th minute before scoring another goal on a header to give Portugal the win from behind. The 36-year-old, who made his international debut in 2003, also equaled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance. He is also the top scorer in European Championship history (14) and in Euros and World Cups combined (21).
The Portugal international, who also won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot was the top scorer in Serie A for the last two seasons and scored 101 goals in 134 appearances. However, he has never won the Champions League with the Italian side, the trophy that he won with United in 2008 and four times with Madrid. Ronaldo is expected to play his first game when United host Newcastle United on Sept. 11.
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