Cristiano Ronaldo could wear a number previously worn by the likes of Henning Berg, Diego Forlan and Dong Fangzhuo should Edinson Cavani keep hold of the iconic No.7.
The 36-year-old has returned to Manchester United on a two-year deal after leaving Juventus, but looks unlikely to pick up the number he wore before leaving in 2009.
Since that move to Real Madrid, each of Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez have worn the famous number before it was handed to Cavani last season.
Ronaldo, however, has worn the same digit since his first season in La Liga back in 09/10 in which he wore nine, marking 12 consecutive seasons building his CR7 brand.
Although there have been links between the Uruguay forward and Barcelona on Transfer Deadline Day, he looks likely to stay put which means the club cannot reassign his squad number.
Additionally, MEN report that Ronaldo could pick up the No.21 if the Red Devils fail in their bid to take the 7 away from Cavani before the Premier League returns.
Daniel James, Ander Herrera and Rafael have worn that number for United most recently, with the former on his way to Leeds in a permanent deal worth around £25m.
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After his two-year agreement was officially confirmed by the Red Devils on Tuesday, the former Sporting, Real Madrid and Juventus striker opened up about his emotional connection to Old Trafford.
To the delight of his fans, Ronaldo wrote on his official Instagram: "Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United.
"The years I spent in this club where absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.
"I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.
"It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man United, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands.
"This is absolutely 100% the stuff that dreams are made of!"
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