Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a heartfelt message of thanks to Edinson Cavani, who gave up the number 7 jersey at Man United.
Manchester United Football Club have welcomed back a legend. Cristiano Ronaldo is home once again. The Portugal superstar has switched Juventus for the Red Devils in a blockbuster transfer.
I’ll be the first to admit, I never thought I’d see Ronaldo in United colours again. It was twelve years ago when the Greatest of All Time left Old Trafford and with each passing year, it looked less likely he’d return.
Out of absolutely nowhere, one week ago today, United would confirm that they’d agreed a deal with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo. I still can’t believe it.
Then came the obvious conversations about what would happen in regards to shirt number. Would Ronaldo ask for the iconic number 7? Or potentially settle with his old Sporting Lisbon shirt number of 28?
Well, now we have our answer. After asking the Premier League for special dispensation, Ronaldo will indeed wear the 7, leaving the ‘CR7’ brand alive and well.
Cavani, who had to give up the shirt number, will take 21, which is what he wears for Uruguay.
Now, Ronaldo has sent a heartfelt message of thanks to his new teammate, as El Matador agreed to switch numbers.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again,” Ronaldo said to ManUtd.
“So I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture,”
Again, this is just a mark of the man. Cavani oozes class. He always has, he always will. To step aside so gracefully deserves massive credit, particularly when he would’ve been well within his rights to dig his heels in.
Whether or not Daniel James’ sale was to do with jersey numbers remains to be seen, but I’d doubt a player was moved on in order to free up another shirt.
Back to Ronaldo for a second, who is now believed to be here in Manchester, undergoing a quarantine period of five days before he can train with his new teammates and gear up to make his second United debut.
Hopefully, he’s ready to play some part against Newcastle United in nine days’ time.