Cristiano Ronaldo has his number 7 shirt back, Manchester United have confirmed.

Ronaldo has replaced Edinson Cavani as number 7, with the Uruguayan moving to number 21.

Ronaldo stepped into the shirt vacated by David Beckham in 2003 who was sold for a club record £24.5 million.

As an unproven player, he did incredibly well to handle the pressure and went onto score 118 goals for the club, winning multiple trophies.

At the time United fans almost took for granted how well Ronaldo coped with the pressure, in comparison to how players failed to follow him.


A mixture of big names and top prospects have tried and failed to replace Ronaldo.

The only one who got it right was the player who gave the shirt up, Edinson Cavani.

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Other famous names to wear Manchester United’s number seven shirt before Ronaldo and Beckham include the club’s most successful players.

Eric Cantona was United’s number 7 in the mid-90s, while former captain Bryan Robson wore the shirt before him.

1968 European Cup winning legend George Best wore the shirt in the 60s and helped create much of the fanfare which surrounds it today, with Ronaldo a truly worthy successor.

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