It may have been several years since his departure from Manchester United, but while attending a promotional event, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked to… travel back in time, and talk about how he ended up wearing the No.7 shirt at Old Trafford.
According to the Portuguese star, who won his first Ballon d’Or while still playing for Man United, it was Sir Alex Ferguson himself who trusted him with that specific number.
He told me, ‘look, I want you to wear the No.7 shirt’
Ronaldo revealed, admitting that he didn’t really expect it, because he was still very young and new at the club.
I was surprised because I knew of all the great players who wore that jersey
the Portuguese said. Before him, George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham had all worn the jersey with the same number, hence Ronaldo’s surprise.
It was the start of my successful stage in football. I did not only improve my football skills, but also my physique. In my five years there, I learned the art of football. We won many things together. It was a dream for me
Ronado added, sounding very appreciative of the time he spent at Man Utd.