Cristiano Ronaldo shirt number at Man Utd confirmed after completing stunning return to Old Trafford from Juventus
CRISTIANO RONALDO will wear the No7 shirt once again for Manchester United.
The Old Trafford giants have confirmed the striker's return to his old shirt number after seeking special permission from the Premier League.
Edinson Cavani had already donned the shirt in the recent win at Wolves – and league rules asserted that Ronaldo could not take the slot.
But an exception has been made and the man known as CR7 is able to keep his monicker.
Uruguayan forward Cavani was thanked by his new striker partner for stepping aside.
Ronaldo stated: "I wasn't sure if it would be possible to have the No7 shirt again.
"So I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture."
United may have called upon a precedent set in 2011 when Yossi Benayoun's brief outing in Chelsea's No10 shirt was not enough to deny new signing Juan Mata the jersey.
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And the Red Devils can look forward to witnessing Ronaldo back in his shirt at their home ground when he makes his second debut versus Newcastle on September 11.
Tickets for the game have been flouted online for thousands of pounds.
A World Cup qualification suspension will mean the 36-year-old can leave the Portugal camp a few days early, aiding his club preparation.
Yet the lengthy queues at the Old Trafford shop may leave some fans disappointed.
Adidas are facing an untimely shortage of replica shirts.
The Independent claims the issue is ‘due to Covid-influenced delays in Adidas' supply line’ amid Ronaldo's return.
They had already experienced a significant slowdown in production due to the closure of factories in Vietnam – which could cause a potentially four-month delay.
The Asian nation normally contributes 28 per cent of Adidas' total production.
The sports manufacturer, on a £750million ten-year deal with United, had made a contingency but the report claims that Ronaldo’s comeback has changed the situation – with a drop-off now expected.
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