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Premier League Lists Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as Manchester United's No 7

Amreen
Cristiano Ronaldo wore the No 7 shirt during his first spell at Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo wore the No 7 shirt during his first spell at Manchester United / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
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The Premier League has bizarrely listed both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani as Manchester United's No 7 this season.

Ronaldo is set to return to Old Trafford, prompting a debate over his shirt number, as Cavani currently occupies the No 7 shirt. But, in a bizarre turn of events, the Premier League have assigned the number to both players.

Section M Players' Identification and Strip, of the Premier League Handbook for the 2021/22 season, states that: "Before the commencement of each Season each Club shall allocate a different shirt number to each member of its first team squad. While he remains with the Club a Player will retain his shirt number throughout the Season for which it was allocated."

United legend Rio Ferdinand hinted that Cavani would be willing to give up his shirt once Ronaldo returns to the club. "Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave up the No.7 shirt," said Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube show after the transfer announcement.

He then started to backtrack, continuing: "Maybe? I don’t know! Does he do that or not? At the end of the day you know what the problem might be is that the shirts have been registered, maybe. And that might be an issue. So he might not be able to be No.7 so we’ll see."

However, there are no rules that say players must wear the same shirt number in both European and domestic competitions, which means Cavani could Ronaldo the No 7 shirt for their Champions League games this season.

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