- It is yet to be made public the shirt number Cristiano Ronaldo will wear after his return to Man United
- The Portuguese has maintained the iconic No.7 shirt from his first spell at Old Trafford, at Real Madrid, Juventus and even at the international stage
- However, Edinson Cavani, whose deal was extended at United is the current wearer of the jersey
- While the Uruguayan is said to have agreed to relinquish the shirt for Ronaldo, Premier League rules could prove to be a stumbling block
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning return to Man United has handed the club a fresh headache on the shirt number the legend will wear.
Ronaldo has maintained his trademark No.7 shirt from his first spell at Old Trafford, at Real Madrid, Juventus and even at the international stage. Photo by Chris Coleman.
United caught everyone in the football world flatfooted after announcing the return of Ronaldo back at Old Trafford after hijacking the forward’s much-anticipated move to Man City.
According to reports in the UK, his arrival has seen discussion quickly turn to what shirt Ronaldo will sport, with his customary No.7 currently occupied by Edinson Cavani.
It is believed Cavani has already agreed to give up the iconic jersey to his new teammate, with Rio Ferdinand revealing the Uruguayan is ready to leave the shirt for Ronaldo.
However, tough Premier League rules on shirt numbers may prove to be a major stumbling block, a scenario that could see Ronaldo settle for a different shirt
“Before the commencement of each season each club shall allocate a different shirt number to each member of its first-team squad. A club shall likewise allocate a shirt number to any player joining its first-team squad during the season,” Section M of the rule book states.
Metro UK claims United’s biggest headache is that they have already submitted their shirt number list to the Premier League and rules state that that cannot be reversed except for special circumstances.
“While he remains with the club, a player will retain his shirt number throughout the season for which it is allocated. Upon a player leaving a club the shirt number allocated to him may be re-allocated,” the rule book adds.
As such, unless Cavani leaves Old Trafford before the window shuts, he cannot simply donate the shirt to Ronaldo and will have to continue donning it until the end of the season.
However, it is still possible United could push and request for a special dispensation from the Premier League board to allow reallocation of the No.7 jersey.
Should the Premier League decline the request, Ronaldo’s only hope of wearing the famous shirt this season will be during European matches as there are no restrictions in the competition.
Ronaldo set to become Premier League highest-paid player
Man United confirmed on Friday, August 26, they had reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo subject to personal terms being agreed and a medical completed.
Ronaldo is yet to put pen to paper on his contract despite the Red Devils formally submitting an offer.
But reports suggest the Portuguese will be earning a massive £480,000-a-week (N272m) in wages ahead of Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne who is currently the league’s highest earner.
The midfielder takes home a huge £385,000-a-week (N218m). Ronaldo, who is currently in Lisbon is expected to put pen to paper on his United deal in the coming days
It is understood Ronaldo has been forwarded with a two-year contract offer at Old Trafford, with his wages now dwarfing David de Gea’s £375,000-a-week which had him as the club’s best earner.
Ronaldo is expected to earn more millions as he will get a cut from the sale of his replica shirts by Man United.