Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been confirmed to retake the number 7 shirt on his return to Manchester United.
The 36-year-old will take the same number he wore in his first stint at Old Trafford, from Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani – who moves to number 21. This has been confirmed by the club on Thursday evening.
Recall that the former Real Madrid attacker wore the jersey during his first spell at Old Trafford from 2003 to 2009, before moving to Spain to join Los Blancos.
During his first spell Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances, winning nine trophies, including three premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United in a statement said: “Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers lasy 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.”