New Manchester United signing Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked team-mate Edinson Cavani for allowing him to wear the No.7 shirt on his return to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils announced yesterday that Cavani would be wearing the No.21 jersey for the new season – which he also wears for Uruguay – after making way for Ronaldo’a arrival.
The No.7 shirt is important to Ronaldo, having worn it in his first six-season spell at Man Utd, when he helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win three Premier League titles and a Champions League.
Responding to the news, 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.”
Ronaldo became international football’s record goalscorer on Wednesday, scoring twice as Portugal came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 late on.
The former Real Madrid forward was levele with Iran’s Ali Daei on 109 goals before the match and Ronaldo has promised there is even more to come from him.
He wrote on Instagram: “From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
“First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I’m defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of.
“Secondly, because national teams competitions have always had a very strong impact on me as I was growing up, watching my idols playing for their flags every other summer in Euros and in World Cups.
“But finally and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the globe. For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level that at some point, even I started thinking that I might never catch him.
“Congratulations to the ‘Shariar’ for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.
“Thank you Portugal. Thanks to all my team-mates and opponents for making this journey so unforgettable. Let’s keep meeting inside the pitch in the years to come. I’m not closing the count just yet…”