Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United from Juventus and made a sensational return to Previous Trafford.
The Portuguese icon has determined to return dwelling to the membership at which he first grew to become a worldwide celebrity, with the deal formally confirmed on Friday.
When followers began to ponder the query of his shirt quantity, the rapid response was to imagine he’d reclaim his well-known previous No.7.
Nonetheless, it seems this is probably not so easy.
Edinson Cavani is the membership’s present No.7 for the season after he signed a one-year contract extension at Previous Trafford again in Might.
However will the Uruguayan step apart for Ronaldo to reclaim the jersey he left in 2009? talkSPORT.com takes a glance…
What’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt quantity at Manchester United?
The Purple Devils are but to substantiate what package CR7 will take throughout his second spell at Previous Trafford.
United’s assertion stated that “everybody on the membership appears to be like ahead to welcoming Cristiano again to Manchester” however refused to disclose his shirt quantity.
Ronaldo wore the well-known No.7 shirt throughout his first stint on the membership, the identical quantity worn by the likes of George Greatest and Eric Cantona.
The Portuguese went on to create historical past within the package as he lifted three Premier League titles, the Champions League and his first Ballon d’Or.
Ronaldo took the No.7 upon arriving at United after bursting on the scene with the No.28 at boyhood membership Sporting Lisbon.
Because the, the 36-year-old has donned the quantity just about ever since bar a single season when he first moved to Actual Madrid.
Ronaldo sported the No.9 package then as Los Blancos legend Raul occupied the No.7 at the moment earlier than he left the membership the next summer season.
Will Edinson Cavani vacate the No.7 shirt?
Former Paris Saint-Germain star Cavani at present occupies the membership’s historic quantity.
The veteran striker even reportedly refused to offer the No.7 to Jadon Sancho upon his arrival, with the winger settling for the No.25 as an alternative.
But the one approach Ronaldo can reclaim the shirt is that if the Premier League grants particular dispensation to permit the swap or Cavani leaves.
ESPN reporter Dale Johnson pointed this out and added that such particular dispensation has by no means been granted beforehand.
Sky reporter Dharmesh Sheth defined: “Part M of the Premier League rulebook says that, whereas he stays with the membership, a participant will retain his shirt quantity all through the season for which it was allotted.
“That implies that [Ronaldo could not get No.7] except Edinson Cavani leaves United or United apply for particular dispensation from the Premier League board, which is very unlikely.
“United would wish to provide you with a extremely good motive why Cristiano Ronaldo ought to have that No.7 shirt.
“Because it stands, you’d need to say that except Edinson Cavani leaves Man United within the coming days, which we’re not anticipating to occur, then Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to be carrying the No.7 after returning.”
Nonetheless, Ronaldo can put on the No.7 shirt within the Champions League if United permitted it whereas donning a unique quantity domestically.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan sported the No.7 within the Premier League however No.77 in Europe again within the 2017-18 season.