Cristiano Ronaldo to wear iconic No 7 shirt again at Manchester United; Ronaldo reclaims number from Edinson Cavani who takes No 21 shirt vacated by Daniel James; Ronaldo said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Edi (Cavani) for this incredible gesture.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the No 7 shirt again at Manchester United after the club was granted dispensation by the Premier League to allocate him the number.

Ronaldo re-signed for United on Deadline Day from Juventus on a two-year contract, with the option to extend for another year.

The Portuguese forward famously wore the No 7 shirt in his first spell at United, but there were concerns he may not have been able to wear that number this season with Edinson Cavani occupying the jersey.

However, with the departure of Daniel James to Leeds on Deadline Day, United has been given permission by the Premier League for Cavani to take James’ vacant No 21 shirt, with Ronaldo reclaiming the No 7 shirt from Cavani.

Ronaldo said: “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 (Cavani) for this incredible gesture.”

United’s announcement came hours after Ronaldo was released early from the Portugal squad after picking up a suspension.

The 36-year-old scored a world record 110th international goal as he fired Portugal to a dramatic victory over the Republic of Ireland in Wednesday’s World Cup Qualifier.

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