Real Madrid’s New No. 7 Revealed Ahead of New Season

Real Madrid’s New No. 7 Revealed Ahead of New Season

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 12, 2023 at 11:25 AM
  • Star winger Vinicius Junior has been confirmed as Real Madrid's new number 7
  • The 22-year-old becomes the first Brazilian to don the famous Los Blancos shirt
  • Vini's value has soared since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu five years ago

Vinicius Junior has been bestowed with the prestigious No.7 shirt for Real Madrid, cementing his rise to prominence.

Upon his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the Brazilian winger initially donned the number 25, later transitioning to the number 20.

However, his exceptional growth and consistent performances over the past few seasons have now seen him entrusted with this legendary number.

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid, No.7
Vinicius Junior will wear the No.7 shirt for Real Madrid next season. Photo credit: @brfootball/Twitter
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According to AS, Vinicius will take up the coveted No.7 jersey, which was previously occupied by Eden Hazard between 2019 and 2023.

The winger will also follow in the footsteps of legendary names like Raymond Kopa, Amancio Amaro Varela, Juanito, Emilio Butragueño, Raúl, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite his tender age of 22, Vini has already amassed an astonishing 225 appearances for Los Blancos, making significant contributions with 59 goals and 64 assists, per Transfermarkt.

While he inherits Real Madrid's iconic shirt number, his compatriot, Rodrygo de Goes will take up the No.11 jersey after previously occupying the 21 shirt.

Vini among Most Valuable Players

Sports Brief also reported on Vini finishing behind only Erling Haaland in the ranking of the Most Valuable Player presently, according to research group CIES Football Observatory.

The statistics company based their metrics on estimated transfer value in world football, with the list including the likes of Kylian Mbappe among a raft of promising young talents.

Undoubtedly Real Madrid's best player this season, Vinicius churned out superlative performances week-in and week-out with little fuss, despite enduring persistent fan racism.

Ballon d'Or ranking: Vinicius drops

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Vini falling down the rankings as Lionel Messi prepares to battle Erling Haaland for the 2023 edition of the Ballon d'Or award.

The Real Madrid winger finished the season with the Copa Del Rey, the Club World Club, and the UEFA Super Cup to his name, but ranks lower on the award list.

Vinicius is the only player in Europe's top 5 leagues to have scored at least 20 goals (24) and provided at least 20 assists (25) in all competitions, bar Messi.

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