Since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009, five players have worn the No. 7 shirt … but they have only scored 15 league goals between them in ten years
- Manchester United is struggling to find a goal scorer to wear their number 7 shirt
- Since Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009, only 15 goals have been scored by No 7s
- Michael Owen (five) and Memphis Depay (four) were the most productive
- Antonio Valencia (one), Angel Di Maria (two) and Alexis Sanchez (three) all struggled to follow in the footsteps of United Greats such as Cantona and Beckham
Cristiano Ronaldo & # 39; s departure from Manchester United sent shock waves around the world 10 years ago – and it also left an indelible mark on the famous Red Devils No. 7 shirt.
The Portuguese superstar, who has now won five Champions League titles and five Balon d & # 39; Ors, scored 84 goals from the 196 chapter during his six-year stay in Old Trafford.
But since he left for Real Madrid, those who follow in his footsteps – and those of legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Eric Cantona – have only managed to dice 15 goals in between them.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 84 goals while wearing the No 7 shirt at Manchester United
But his successors have only succeeded in reaching 15 league goals in 10 years
Alexis Sanchez scored three so far, while Memphis Depay (photo) scored only four
Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and current resident Alexis Sanchez have together transformed the famous sweater into a cursed garment with a target return of just 1.5 on average per season.
THE 7 FLOPS OF UNITED
Michael Owen – 5 goals
Antonio Valencia – 1 goal
Angel Di Maria – 2 goals
Memphis Depay – 4 goals
Alexis Sanchez – 3 goals
Ronaldo & # 39; s direct replacement, former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle forward Owen, seemed to offer a stingy return, but with the magic afterwards, his goal-pushing power looks almost fruitful.
Owen scored five goals between 2009 and his departure in 2011 in the Premier League, from 31 appearances.
He was then followed by Valencia, who was signed in 2009 by Wigan as a right-handed replacement for Ronaldo, but went from the No. 25 shirt to No. 7 for the 2012-2013 season. He could only score 30 goals with only one goal.
He was only two worse off than Angel Di Maria, who accepted the shirt a year later after a £ 59.7 million switch.
Antonio Valencia scored once while wearing the No. 7 shirt before returning to No. 25
Angel Di Maria was another flop and scored only two league goals after a move of £ 59m
Michael Owen had the best return for a No 7 and scored six goals from his 31 league games
Di Maria was followed by a new flop, Memphis Depay, who scored twice from 29 games in the 2015-16 season before leaving for Lyon.
Incumbent No 7 Alexis Sanchez continued the miserable trend after having swallowed three three-and-a-half seasons in the northwest.
It is generally expected that Sanchez, who earns no less than £ 500,000 a week at Old Trafford, will be relocated this summer because he has not met expectations since he signed with Arsenal.
His departure will make the No 7 jersey available again, and up-and-coming talent may be wary of jumping into Ronaldo's old shirt.
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