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Cristiano Ronaldo takes number 7 shirt at Manchester United

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Manchester United have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo has retaken the number seven shirt for his second spell at the club.

Edinson Cavani has agreed to switch to 21 in order to allow the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to don his preferred number.

Ronaldo, who score his record 110th and 111th international goals for Portugal in their win against Ireland, is in line to make his 'second debut' against Newcastle next week.

"Manchester United can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford," United announced in a statement.

"The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell at United and we can now confirm that Ronaldo will have it on his back once again."

"In his first six seasons at the club, between 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo made 292 appearances and scored 118 goals, winning nine trophies including three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.

"As we all know, the no. 7 is a special number in the history of United.

"It has previously been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham in it, Ronaldo.

"Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

"As our new signing is allocated no.7, El Matador will switch to no.21, the same number our prolific striker wears for the Uruguayan national team."

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