Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked his new teammate for ‘an incredible gesture’ that has handed the returning Manchester United hero the opportunity to reclaim his iconic No.7 shirt.
The 36-year-old wore the number synonymous with fellow club legends such as Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham with distinction over the course of his trophy-laden first spell at Old Trafford and will now do so again after United gained special dispensation from the Premier League.
Reacting to confirmation of the news, Ronaldo said: ‘I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again. So I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi [Cavani] for this incredible gesture.’
Cavani, meanwhile, will switch to the No.21 which he has warn for the majority of his international career with Uruguay.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored twice Wednesday’s night’s 2-1 win over Ireland to become the most prolific goalscorer in the history of international football, but the yellow card he picked up celebrating his winning strike means he cannot play in midweek due to a suspension.
The former Real Madrid star has subsequently been given permission to return to England and will begin training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team squad after completing a five-day period of quarantine.
Ronaldo will be in contention to feature against Newcastle next weekend in what will represent an emotional homecoming and speaking about the emotion of appearing in front of his adoring United fans once again, Ronaldo said earlier this week: ‘Well, the fans is the key of football.
‘Now, with all the stadiums full of supporters, it’s not the same that we had one year ago, those empty stadiums. The fans, they are the key, and I’m so glad.
‘The Manchester United fans, they are special, I know, I remember very well. I know they still sing my music which has made me feel even more happy and my commitment is to give everything on the pitch, like I did before, like I do it all the time, and try to do my best, help the team score goals, make assists, win games, and I hope to see them very, very soon.’
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