Details of Cristiano Ronaldo’s phone call with Edinson Cavani to take his No.7 shirt

Cristiano Ronaldo has donned seven almost exclusively over the last 18 years with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus – and he wrestled his old shirt from Edinson Cavani this summer

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Edinson Cavani "showed his respect" for Cristiano Ronaldo by giving up the No.7 shirt to his new Manchester United teammate.


That's the verdict of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who hailed the two "top pros" for quickly reaching an agreement to hand Ronaldo his iconic number.

The Portugal captain has donned seven exclusively over the last 18 years with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, with the exception of his first season at Los Blancos during which he wore nine.

But he arrived back at Old Trafford this summer to find his former jersey occupied by veteran striker Cavani, who joined on a free transfer last year.

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Fortunately for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cavani was more than happy to let him reclaim seven by switching to take the 21 shirt – the number he wears for Uruguay.

Solskjaer opened up on the conversation between the two forwards in his press conference ahead of the Red Devils' clash with Newcastle United.

"It's one of these things that Edinson has been remarkable, played really well last season, Cristiano speaks with Edinson, to pass up his shirt shows the respect he's got for Cristiano and respect the other way," said Solskjaer on Friday.

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Two top pros, players, and human beings."

Ronaldo wore 28 during his breakthrough season with Sporting Lisbon but was handed the famous No.7 shirt – previously worn by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham – upon his arrival at United in 2003.

He would go on to join Real Madrid for £80million in 2009 but was forced to wait a season to wear seven, which was taken by Santiago Bernbeu icon Raul at the time.

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Ronaldo is no stranger to instigating a rearrangement of squad numbers, however, and his arrival at Juventus in 2018 led Juan Cuadrado to give up the No.7 shirt.

"It is better to give than to receive," said the Colombian winger at the time. "Blessings to Cristiano in this new adventure."

While Ronaldo's shirt number has remained the same throughout the vast majority of his career with club and country, Solskjaer was keen to highlight his evolution as a player.

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"Everyone evolves and develop throughout their career," said the Norwegian. "Cristiano is a different player to the one who left but he's in such good nick still and will be looking in the next few years to play and score as many goals as he can, but also to be on the end of crosses and he's added something extra.

"We don't have his skill set in the team, the mix, no one has really. He is one of the best players that's ever played the game."

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