Before the Lusitanian star, David Beckham, Bryan Robson, George Best and Eric Cantona wore the mythical number
Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United after 12 years and will debut for the second time with the jersey ‘7’ of the Red Devils this Saturday, when he faces the Newcastle by the fourth date of the Premier League.
It was precisely when he first arrived at Old Trafford in 2004, when the Portuguese star began to be known by the nickname of ‘CR7’ for wearing that number on his back. And one person, in particular, was largely responsible for this: Sir Alex Ferguson.
Before being transferred to the English club, Ronaldo used the bib ’28’ during his time at Sporting de Portugal, where he went from youth team to professional in 2001. However, when he arrived in England in 2003, Ferguson convinced the 18-year-old, who had no intention of changing his number, to wear the iconic bib.
The English coach bet on the talent of the Portuguese and believed that he had a promising future ahead of him, able to match the big names in United history who used the ‘7’ like David Beckham, Bryan Robson, George Best and Eric Cantona.
And he was right. It didn’t take long for ‘CR7’ became one of the great stars of world football, as he ended up winning his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 after scoring 42 goals in a single season.
The others Golden Balls They arrived in 2013, 2014 and 2016, when he was already playing for Real Madrid. However, when he arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2009, as the most expensive signing in history at the time, Ronaldo was presented with shirt 9, because Raúl, a great idol of the white fans, was the owner of his favorite number. Some time later, the Spanish striker was transferred to Schalke 04 and the Portuguese regained number 7.
Since then, the player has worn numerous models of shirts, but the numbering has never changed. Even in the Portugal National Team when Felipão called him up for the first time for a friendly against Kazakhstan, in 2003, he used 17. After the success at United with the ‘7’, he began to use the number also in the national team.
At Juventus, where he played between 2018 and 2021, Ronaldo always wore the ‘7’ on his back.
In this context, his triumphant return to Old Trafford could not be different. This is due to the fact that Edinson Cavani, who until then was the ‘owner’ of ‘7’, will wear the number 21 that he uses in Uruguay, so that the Portuguese can have the ‘7’ what did the visionary give him Sir Alex Ferguson.