Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of completing his illustrious return to Manchester United.
The Red Devils and Juventus reached an agreement on Friday.
Over the weekend, Ronaldo completed his medical and, according to a two-year, 80,480,000-a-week contract with personal conditions, the transfer will be confirmed before Tuesday night’s deadline.
But it is not yet clear what numbers the Portuguese superstar will wear at Old Trafford.
SunSport weighs in on some potential options …
Ronaldo became the No. 7 jersey after joining United for the first time in 2003.
He even uses CR7 for his branding and commercial product range, including aftershave and boxers.
But Edinson Cavani is already holding the famous jersey at Old Trafford – and came to the wolves wearing it on Sunday.
Prem Rules states that the No. 7 player at Old Trafford maintains the shirt throughout the season for which he is assigned.
Section M of the rulebook on player identification states: “Before the start of each season, each club will assign a different shirt number to each member of its first team squad.
A club will similarly assign a shirt number to any player who joins its first team squad during the season.
“When he stays with the club, a player will maintain his shirt number for the whole season for which he is assigned.
“A player’s shirt number can be re-assigned when he or she leaves the club.”
This means that if Ronaldo is to get this term number 7, United will have to apply for a special dispensation from the Premier League – which he has never done in his 29 years of existence.
Ronaldo can still wear No. 7 in the Champions League as United can set different numbers for European competitions.
Seemingly impossible with No7, No. 28 is another option.
Ronaldo was ranked No. 28 in one of his seasons at Sporting Lisbon Senior Side in 2002-03.
Another Uruguayan, Facundo Pellistri, is listed as United No. 28 on the Premier League website.
But with a winger out on loan at Elvis this season, it could pave the way for Ronaldo to return to his roots and potentially look like an option.
Ronaldo had to remove his famous No. 7 shirt in 2009 when he broke his own record at Real Madrid.
Los Blancos legend Raلl was still at the Bernabeu for another year, however, meaning Ronaldo had to sit tight before taking the No. 7 spot.
Like Cavani, though, Anthony Marshall already has No. 9 at Old Trafford – and if he were to change numbers, it wouldn’t be No. 9 at No. 7, even if he signed Ronaldo as center forward. Gone
This is a similar story for number 17.
Ronaldo entered the international arena at Euro 2004 when he helped Portugal reach the final.
But that number is currently held by midfielder Fred.
The slightly bullying option is to see Ronaldo go to No. 77.
It would be a bit random and the kind of numbers that most academy stars use to shoot in the first team.
But it will also stay with the No. 7 theme.
No. 52 or No. 61.
Again, considering the No. 7 theme, Ronaldo can choose No. 52 or No. 61 – increasing his magic number with numbers.
No. 16 is Emad Diallo, No. 25 is Judon Sancho, No. 34 is Donnie Van de Beck and No. 43 is Tedden Mengi. دوہ۔
Add a small plus sign in the middle and it’s going into full Ivan Zamorono mode.
He watched his great rival Lionel Messi leave Barcelona and took the No. 30 shirt at Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
But of course Cristiano wouldn’t copy it and take the same number, would he?
Well, number 30 is free – although like Ronaldo and number 28, Messi’s first number was number 30, so there is an emotional attachment to Argentina.
The rest is the best.
Old Trafford currently has the most numbers at 12 and 15, with Chris Smalling and Andreas Pereira vacating, respectively.
No. 24 was the last Timothy Fusso-Mensah, but Darren Fletcher had it for a long time.
Other numbers for grip are 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40 and above. Not entirely appealing for a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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