Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the number seven shirt for Manchester United in the 2021/22 season.
United pulled off the biggest deal of the summer transfer window in the Premier League by bringing Ronaldo back to the club from Juventus.
There was doubt as to whether Ronaldo would be able to wear his favorite number, as that had been allocated to Edinson Cavani and the Uruguayan had already made an appearance in the league prior to the Portugal superstar’s arrival.
Premier League rules state players cannot swap numbers mid-season, but the door was left ajar for a change when Dan James was sold to Leeds United.
That left the number 21, which Cavani wears at international level with Uruguay, free and it would appear the Red Devils were given the green light by the Premier League to make the switch as they have confirmed Ronaldo will wear the iconic number seven shirt.
“Manchester United can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford,” United said in a statement on the club’s 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.”
Ronaldo is on his way to Manchester after being released from international duty on account of him picking up a booking in celebrating his winning goal against the Republic of Ireland which ruled him out of the World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan next week.
His second United debut is set to come against Newcastle in the Premier League on September 11.