Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Manchester United shirt number is yet to be decided…
Edinson Cavani will reportedly keep hold of the No 7 shirt at Manchester United, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo will be wearing a different number when he is officially unveiled as a Red Devils player once again. The Portuguese star has been renowned for wearing the No 7 throughout his career, having donned the iconic number with United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Portugal respectively but this time it’s not to be…
The shirt is currently occupied by frontman Cavani, who took the vacant number when signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Jadon Sancho is said to have requested the number during negotiations with United ahead of his move from Borussia Dortmund but the Uruguayan wouldn’t budge.
It’s a similar story this time around though and according to journalist Jonathan Shrager, Cavani won’t be giving the number up for Ronaldo.
That is of course a bold move but Cavani wants to remain respected for the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, having signed a one-year extension earlier this year.
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth recently discussed the situation, admitting it would prove difficult to strip Cavani of the No 7 shirt.
“United would need to come up with a really good reason why Cristiano Ronaldo should have that No 7 shirt,” he said on the Sky Sports Transfer Show.
“As it stands, you’d have to say that unless Edinson Cavani leaves Man United in the coming days, which we’re not expecting to happen, then Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be wearing the No 7 after returning.”
Ronaldo’s options are therefore limited but the No 12, No 15, No 24, No 28 and No 30 are still up for grabs.