Ronaldo to wear No.7 for Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo will wear Manchester United's famous No.7 jersey once again following his return to Old Trafford.

The 36-year-old Portuguese forward spent six seasons at United between 2003-09, winning eight major trophies, and rejoined them this week from Juventus on a two-year deal.

Ronaldo has been released from Portugal's squad, freeing the forward to join up earlier than expected with United.

He became the highest-scoring player in the history of men's international soccer by netting his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in a 2-1 win over Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday.

But he also got booked in that match, meaning he has to miss the qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday through suspension.

As a result, Portugal has allowed Ronaldo to leave the squad after a recovery session early Thursday.

He will also miss a friendly match against Qatar on Saturday.

Ronaldo, who completed his return to United on Tuesday, donned the No.7 shirt during his first stint at the club, following in the footsteps of great United players including George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

United striker Edinson Cavani, who wore No.7 last season and in the 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, will switch to 21 - the number he wears on international duty for Uruguay.

"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 for this incredible gesture," Ronaldo said on United's Twitter feed.

Ronaldo's early release from international duty could enable him to spend more time with his new teammates ahead of his likely first match of his second spell at the club, against Newcastle at Old Trafford on September 11.

with Reuters

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