What shirt number is Cavani?
Cavani will now wear the number 21 shirt, a number he has never worn at club level but one he has spent the vast majority of his international career wearing since 2010, although he sport the number 7 at the London Olympics in 2012. Manchester Evening NewsEdinson Cavani's new Manchester United number after Cristiano Ronaldo retakes famous number 7
While much of the football world was caught off guard by Cristiano Ronaldo heading back to Manchester United late in the summer transfer window, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said Ronaldo tipped him off well in advance.
"A month ago, he told me that he was moving to Manchester United," Khabib, a close friend to CR7, told reporters. "I expected this deal to take place. I think that Manchester United is more suitable for him than Juventus. For me, the transition was not a surprise."
The comments fly in the face of the narrative the reunion was a last-minute decision.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said as recently as Aug. 21 he didn't expect Ronaldo to leave the Serie A club before the transfer deadline.
"Cristiano has always trained well and has never expressed his desire to leave Juventus," Allegri said. "He told me that he's staying, so we can clear that one up."
Then, after information emerged that United beat out rival Manchester City to land the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Neil Custis of The Sun reported an "emotional conversation" between Ronaldo and former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson late in the process swung the tide in favor of an Old Trafford return.
"For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me," Ronaldo said. "He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he's an unbelievable person. I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United."
So something doesn't add up between all those comments and Nurmagomedov apparently finding out about the move weeks ago.
Regardless, Ronaldo is back in the United squad and will soon be roaming Old Trafford in his famed No. 7 kit once again.
The Red Devils' first match after the international break is set for Sept. 11 when they host Newcastle United in Premier League action.
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03 September, 2021 - 08:10pm
03 September, 2021 - 08:10pm
Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic No. 7 jersey at Manchester United, the club confirmed Friday.
Ronaldo became a superstar during his first stint at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009. He was nicknamed CR7 during his breakthrough with the Red Devils and since then, he has crafted an entire global brand around the nickname.
"The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell with the club and we can confirm that Cristiano will have it on his back once again. As we all know, the no.7 is a special shirt in the history of United. It has previously been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham in it, Ronaldo," said Manchester United in an official release.
Ronaldo has taken over the No. 7 squad number from Edinson Cavani, who wore it throughout the last season and even in a game of the ongoing 2021-22 campaign. Cavani will now don the No. 21 jersey, the same number the talented striker wears for the Uruguayan national team.
Just before the 2021 summer transfer window ended, Ronaldo shook the European market as he decided to return to his former home - Old Trafford. Manchester United paid an initial fee of around $18 million, plus $9 million in potential add-ons across five years. Ronaldo will be 41 by the time the deal would finally be paid off, according to sports media outlet talkSport.
Ronaldo's first spell at Old Trafford, which took place between 2003 and 2009, was a memorable one, where he made 292 appearances and scored 118 goals. He helped the Red Devils win a Champions League trophy and three consecutive Premier League titles.
While Ronaldo is yet to make his first appearance for Manchester United on return, he is expected to feature in their home game against Newcastle United following the underway international break.
It had been reported that Ronaldo has received an early release from international duties after he was booked with a yellow card Thursday. During Portugal's World Cup qualifier game against Ireland, Ronaldo netted a brace in his side's 2-1 victory. Since it was Ronaldo's second yellow card and as a result, he would miss Portugal's upcoming fixture against Azerbaijan.
As a result, the Portugal national team has decided to let Ronaldo leave for Manchester immediately so that he would get some extra time to train and prepare for the Newcastle match.
03 September, 2021 - 10:45am
Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United demonstrated a lack of respect towards Juventus and could have been handled differently, according to former players Alessio Tacchinardi and Sergio Brio.
The Portugal captain completed a sensational return to Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window.
Having told Massimiliano Allegri he wished to leave Juve, Ronaldo looked as though he would be heading to Manchester City, only for United to swoop in and complete a sensational move last Friday.
Ronaldo, who became the leading international goalscorer of all time on Wednesday, is set to link up with United following his early withdrawal from the Portuguese camp.
The forward scored 101 goals in 134 appearances during his three-year stint with Juventus, where he also won two Serie A titles.
However, the manner of his departure came under scrutiny from the Italian media, who felt his sister Katia Aveiro made a mockery of the Bianconeri after she posted on Instagram: "Welcome back to United, a club worthy of you."
Meanwhile, former Juve midfielder Tacchinardi, who made over 400 appearances during 13 years with the Turin giants, feels Ronaldo should have shown more respect towards the club.
"He should have made a different exit, not leave with his private plane while Allegri spoke on the eve of the match against Empoli," he told Tuttosport.
"I would have expected a press conference to greet the fans. The Juventus people praised him; they deserved a different [goodbye].
"To be told by Cristiano that he would go to a place where he felt like his home was not a beautiful image."
Ex-defender Brio, who played over 300 times for the Bianconeri, concurs: "Juve deserves more respect.
"For heaven's sake, Cristiano remains a great player and professional, but the farewell could have taken place in another way and with other words."
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03 September, 2021 - 03:39am
Date published: Friday 3rd September 2021 9:39 - Editor F365
Cristiano Ronaldo back in the red of United is the stuff of fairy tale, of myth, of lore. In other words, something we could only dream of, or see in a legends game in 20 years, or make possible on FIFA and Football Manager as this writer did on FM2020 – signing a 36-year-old Ronaldo on a cut-price deal from Juventus to team up with Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho.
Fate? Not quite, but like much of the last 18 months, this feels truly stranger than fiction.
While this might very well be a fairy tale, a story not even Walt Disney could pen, the fate of the fabled number 7 shirt at United has had all the hallmarks of a Stephen King novel for most of the intermission between Ronnie’s first and second act. Edi Cavani being a notable exception.
The shirt has always been United’s most special and associated with some of the most iconic figures in club’s history – from George and Robbo to King Eric and Becks.
That boy Ronaldo more than lived up to the pressure of the shirt, which was first handed to him when he arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2003. What followed were six glorious years, when boy became man, starlet became superstar, and United became champions of England, Europe and the world.
However, when he eventually left for pastures new in Madrid in 2009, the 7 shirt hung limply in dressing room waiting for a new hero to don it. Who would step up to take it? This writer, doing the Irish equivalent of the GCSEs at the time, scrolled BBC Transfer Gossip, thinking the £80m transfer fee and the famous shirt would go to a player of the quality of Benzema or Ribery.
Instead, the dark(er) days at United began – the Glazerification of the club, only stalled by the genius of Sir Alex.
The 7 shirt went to Michael Owen, a free transfer signing from Newcastle, a Scouse icon and a player with a worse injury record than Darren Anderton. At least we got that flying French winger… anyone fancy re-signing Obertan?
While Owen had his moments, notably City 4-3 and the League Cup final, he never lived up to the shirt number, not that he was ever going to manage that as a squad player in the twilight of his career.
Departing in 2012, the shirt was inherited by a fellow 2009 recruit, Antonio Valencia, who had carved out a reputation as an old-school winger – black boots, by-line, crosses. Solid and efficient, if not spectacular and exciting. His personality never lived up to the pressure of the shirt, as he swiftly retreated to his familiar and more fitting number 25, and eventually to right-back.
The number 7 lay untouched for the year of Moyes – thankfully. Who knows what ill would have come of it otherwise?
Summer 2014 and Louis Van Gaal’s Red Army. Order restored. Angel Di Maria, star of the Champions League final, joins and inherits the shirt his now ex-Madrid team mate had made famous. Problem solved? Curse lifted? Think again!
Despite starting off like a rocket with goals vs QPR and Leicester (the latter arguably being the peak of King Louis’ reign as we dreamt of Total Football coming to England) the Angel did not fit in with the Red Devils – and more specifically the turgid-not-total-football Van Gaal employed. This, in addition to family issues and a desire to play in Paris, led to his departure after one season to PSG – where he, of course, returned to his previous form.
Memphis Depay came next, surviving the second season of his supposed mentor Louis but not by more than 18 months, leaving for Lyon, possibly in the same Rolls Royce he drove to the reserves game.
Surely it couldn’t get any worse? Well just like most horror films, it did, with the latest villain arriving in the form of Alexis Sanchez – one of the best players in the league, surely a guaranteed success. Sadly, his performance on the piano outmatched anything he did on the pitch, as he seemingly lost his talent, in football’s version of Space Jam. A major pay-off (and Inter Milan’s desire to sign United deadwood) lifted this albatross.
The curse was finally lifted by possibly its most unlikely hero – the 33-year-old deadline day signing Edinson Cavani, a panic-buy after Woodward unsurprisingly stumbled all summer over Sancho. Goals came, and a cracking song followed – possibly the only one for any 7 since 2009.
So, we say thank you to Edi for lifting the curse, keeping the shirt warm, and readying it for its return to its rightful owner. It’s time for his encore.
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