Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man Utd shirt number finally confirmed as Edinson Cavani gives up No 7

Ronaldo 'happy to be back home' at Man Utd

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Cristiano Ronaldo will finally wear his famous No 7 shirt at Old Trafford – after the Red Devils were granted special dispensation by the Premier League to move Edinson Cavani to No 21 and accomodate their superstar.

Ronaldo, 36, joined Manchester United for his second spell at Old Trafford after he spent six years there at the start of his career.

Having joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 for £12million, Ronaldo developed immensely under the control of Sir Alex Ferguson; winning various accolades along the way.

Winning three Premier League titles, three FA Cup winner’s medals, a Champions League and the Ballon d’Or, the Madeira-born talent became the best player in the world for many; sparking interest from across Europe for his signature.

And it was these performances in the famous No 7 shirt that made him become a United icon – as he followed in the footsteps of previous superstars Eric Cantona, David Beckham and George Best.

Indeed, he continued this spell of form at Real Madrid, winning four Champions League titles and four Ballon d’Or awards in his time at the Santiago Bernabeu; alongside prolonging his stellar goalscoring career for Juventus.

But, most importantly, he was issued the No 7 shirt at both clubs – fuelling the brand that is now synonymous with his name.

Thus, there were worries when he rejoined United from Juventus for £20million – with Edinson Cavani having already been issued the No 7 shirt and appearing in the Premier League for them, United had to ask for special dispensation to change.

And they were allowed just that, with Manchester United’s official website confirming the change.

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