Premier League lists both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as Manchester United’s number 7 this season, adding further confusion over whether superstar has reclaimed his famous shirt under the ‘special dispensation’ rule
- Manchester United confirmed on Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the club
- His return sparked discussions about the number he will wear this season
- Edinson Cavani wears the number 7 shirt for the club after moving last year
- But the Premier League has bizarrely listed both players as the same number
It appears Cristiano Ronaldo is still wearing the number 7 shirt on his return to Manchester United after the Premier League website listed him with the iconic number.
The 36-year-old superstar sealed a dramatic return to United on Friday after being heavily linked with a move to rival Manchester City just hours earlier.
His return to the club has sparked debate over which number to wear for the upcoming season, with Edinson Cavani currently occupying the number 7 shirt.
However, in a bizarre turn of events, the Premier League has now allocated the number for both players.
The Premier League has bizarrely listed Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as the No. 7
Cristiano Ronaldo wore the number 7 shirt during his first spell at Manchester United
Section M Player ID and Strip, of the Premier League Handbook for the 2021/22 season, it states: “Before the start of each season, each club will allocate a different shirt number to each member of its first team.
“As long as he remains with the club, a player will keep his shirt number for the season for which it was awarded.”
But as Cavani is yet to appear for the Red Devils this season, it remains to be seen whether he has handed over the number to the Portuguese star, despite reports suggesting players should keep the jersey number they are registered under unless they leave the club. club or receive ‘special dispensation’.
Edinson Cavani wore the number for Manchester United last season after his move from PSG
During his first stint at United, Ronaldo became an iconic number 7 for the club, joining George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. He has since worn the number for both Real Madrid and Juventus.
In his early years at Madrid, Ronaldo wore the number 9 shirt currently occupied by Anthony Martial at United. He also wore the No. 28 at Sporting Lisbon and that number is currently available after Facundo Pellistri’s move to Alaves.
Fans will find out what Ronaldo’s shirt number is once the deal is announced, subject to a visa, medical and personal terms for a deal worth £19.4 million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad will face Wolves on Sunday as they aim to return to winning ways after last week’s draw at Southampton.
Ronaldo could make his debut in just under a fortnight when United host Newcastle at Old Trafford.