Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is reported to have rejected the opportunity to take Cristiano Ronaldo’s old number 7 shirt at the Bernabeu this season.
That is according to Julio Maldonado, a contributor for COPE and AS, who claims that the shirt vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo was first offered to Spanish midfielder Asensio.
Clubs are often hesitant to reassign an iconic shirt number so soon after the departure of its previous incumbent – for example, the Liverpool number 8 shirt once worn by Steven Gerrard was unused for three years before Naby Keita took it recently.
But in their efforts to show that they could move on from Ronaldo, it seems that Real were eager to appoint a new number 7 within weeks of the Portugal star’s transfer to Juventus.
It would have been a huge honour for Asensio, who has become one of Real’s most important players in the two years since he joined from Mallorca, but he chose to stick with his current number 20.
Instead, Mariano took the famous shirt as he returned to the Spanish capital just one year after leaving to join Lyon, for whom he scored 21 goals last season.
If you were Asensio, would you have taken it?