Ex-Man United striker reveals why reclaiming jersey number 7 was key for Cristiano Ronaldo

Ex-Man United striker reveals why reclaiming jersey number 7 was key for Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Cristiano Ronaldo will don jersey number seven for Manchester United across competitions this season
  • The Red Devils confirmed the development earlier this month after withdrawing the shirt from Edinson Cavani who wore it last term
  • Berbatov however admits that it was the right decision the winger made to reclaim the top the winger donned during his first spell at the club

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Cristiano Ronaldo was right to reclaim the club's jersey number seven on his return to Old Trafford last month.

The Red Devils announced that the 36-year-old will wear the iconic shirt for them across competitions this season after rejoining them on a two-year deal from Juventus.

Although the top number was vacant, the Premier League outfit had to withdraw it from Edinson Cavani who wore it last campaign.

Former Man United striker backs Cristiano Ronaldo after reclaiming jersey number 7
Dimitri Berbatov with Cristiano Ronaldo set for Man United Champions League clash vs FC Porto. Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images
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The Uruguay international will now wear jersey number 21 while he sees out the remainder of his contract with them.

Ronaldo wore the number seven during his first spell and led them to one Champions League and three Premier League silverware among others. He also donned the same number at Real Madrid and the Juve.

What Berbatov said about Ronaldo reclaiming jersey number seven

SunSport however reports that Berbatov who played alongside the Portuguese at United in the 2008/09 campaign claims wearing the right number can sometimes make all the difference on the pitch. He said:

“Are you superstitious? The same goes for football players. The number plays a big, big role in a football player’s life. In the case of Ronaldo, he is very attached to No.7.

"That number brought him great success over the last 12 years. Even if he wasn’t No.7 he would be the same player because the number doesn’t play, but sometimes we are like this as football players.
"You want that specific number. I always wanted No.9 when I was playing, especially at Tottenham. And I would also wear No.10 when I was playing Champions League football. It is important.
“It looks silly sometimes. Players can fight over numbers. One says: ‘I want that number’ and the other says: ‘no it is already mine I am not giving it up to you’. You fight. But for some players it really matters.”

Meanwhile, Ronaldo could make his second debut this weekend when they host Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney backs Man United for EPL title

Legit.ng earlier reported that Wayne Rooney has backed Man United to challenge for the Premier League title this season after the return of club idol Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo sealed a stunning return to his former side during the last days of the summer window and is already in contention to make his second debut for the Red Devils this Saturday, September 11, against Newcastle United.

While some have expressed doubts over the Portuguese talisman helping United win the league, Rooney believes his former teammate will have a huge impact.

Source: SportsBrief.com