Ronaldo has completed his return to Old Trafford but his shirt number was shrouded in mystery due to Edinson Cavani holding his favoured No.7
Manchester United have finally confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the No.7 shirt in his second spell with the club.
The Portuguese striker completed his return to Old Trafford from Juventus on transfer deadline day.
But there was plenty of mystery over which shirt number he would be handed due to Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani holding his preferred choice.
Ronaldo made the No.7 his own after taking over from David Beckham during his first stint at United, before going on to wear it at Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as for the Portugal national team.
Premier League rules state that a player cannot take over a number already registered to another player unless they get special dispensation.
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But United appear to have been successful with their request as they made their announcement on Thursday.
“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.”
Cavani will instead be given the No.21 shirt for the remainder of the campaign and Ronaldo showed his gratitude to his new team-mate.
“I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to have the number seven shirt again, so I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi for this incredible gesture.”
The news comes as Ronaldo returns to the UK early from international duty to join up with his club.
Portugal allowed Ronaldo to leave camp as he is now ineligible for their next World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
He picked up a yellow card in the 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland which landed him a one-match suspension.
Ronaldo could have featured in Saturday’s friendly vs Qatar but he flew out of Portugal earlier to head back to Manchester.
He returns to Old Trafford with another record under his belt after his two late goals against Ireland saw him move ahead of ex-Iran striker Ali Daei to become the top all-time international goalscorer on 111.