There are few players in the history of the beautiful game who go together with the number 7 on the back of their shirt as well as Cristiano Ronaldo does.

Cristiano Ronaldo

But Manchester United’s latest signing may be unable to wear the number donned by legendary players like George Best and David Beckham in the past, as striker Edison Cavani currently holds it.

The Uruguayan’s appearance at Molineux this afternoon means that unless the Premier League grant a special, never-seen-before dispensation for a change, Ronaldo will have to settle for another number in the Premier League this season.

However, the Portuguese superstar could take the number in the Champions League, as squad lists and numbers are yet to be finalised.

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This strange sets of events, where a player wears different shirt numbers in domestic and European competitions, has happened before, with former United player Henrik Mkhitaryan wearing the numbers 7 and 77 whilst at Arsenal.

It’s also happened at Old Trafford, with former Premier and Champions League winner Wes Brown wearing the numbers 30 and 24 during the famous ‘Treble’ season of 1998/1999.

The only other way Ronaldo could reclaim the number 7 shirt is if Cavani decides to depart Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

Edinson Cavani Manchester United

The striker’s agent and brother has been quick to stress that he has no plans to leave the club, with South American football journalist Andrea Hernan adamant that Cavani wants to see out the final year of his contract in Manchester.

Whatever number he chooses to wear, the prospect of Ronaldo back in United colours in the next month or so is mouth-watering enough.

But for old times’ sake, let’s hope he gets that number 7 back.


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