Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo in a €20 million contract from Juventus a few days ago. But there have been doubts about which jersey number he will wear at Old Trafford this season, as Edinson Cavani is currently donning the Portuguese star’s favorite number 7 jersey.
Reports say Cristiano Ronaldo could wear two jerseys at once for Manchester United this season. That means he could wear his legendary number 7 jersey in European and domestic tournaments, but a different one in the league.
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has already been signed up with the number 7 jersey in the Premier League after appearing with the iconic number on his back in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wolves. EPL rules make it impossible for Cristiano Ronaldo to take over Cavani’s shirt for league games.
The rules require players to keep the same number they were registered with unless they leave the club or receive a ‘special dispensation’. It is worth noting, however, that no ‘special exemption’ has ever been granted for the moment.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese will have access to the number 7 shirt in the Champions League as Manchester United have yet to submit their roster for the European elite tournament this season.
It remains to be seen whether he will decide to switch jerseys during the league and other competitions at the same time or settle for a different jersey number throughout the campaign.
Other shirt numbers Cristiano Ronaldo has worn except number 7
Should Cristiano Ronaldo decide to wear a different jersey number at Manchester United, it wouldn’t be the first time in his career. The Portuguese wore the number 28 jersey during his days as a player for Sporting Lisbon. He also initially wore the number 9 shirt when he joined Real Madrid.
However, the number 9 shirt is also registered, and Anthony Martial has worn it in each of Manchester United’s three Premier League games so far this season. Meanwhile, the jersey with number 28 is currently vacant.