Manchester United have now confirmed forward Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed the No.7 shirt after United agreed a fee with Juventus to re-sign the 36-year-old.
And the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has described Edinson Cavani's decision to give up his shirt as an “incredible gesture.”
Yet it was thought the Portugal international would not be able to claim his former United shirt number for a second time due to league rules.
However, the Premier League has granted United special dispensation, allowing the new recruit to claim the No.7 shirt, with Cavani switching to the No.21 shirt following the deadline day exit of Daniel James to Leeds.
The former Real Madrid man thanked Cavani for his willingness to give him his preferred shirt number.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again,” Ronaldo said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“So I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi (Cavani) for this incredible gesture.”
Ronaldo is likely to don the No.7 shirt for the first time once again when United lock horns with Newcastle United at Old Trafford next Saturday.
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