Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in the history of the sport and while he has played for the likes of Real Madrid in the past, it was at Manchester United that he established himself as one of the best.
The 34-year-old who joined the Red Devils from Sporting CP appeared in 292 matches for the Red Devils, scoring 118 times across various competitions and by the time he chose to make a switch to Real Madrid in 2009, he was hailed as one of United’s greatest players ever.
However, one decade has passed by Ronaldo left for Madrid and sadly for United the No.7 shirt worn by him has become a poisoned chalice with five players wearing the shirt since then only to struggle on the pitch.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid 10 years ago, Manchester United's number 7's have scored just 15 goals in the Premier League.— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 11, 2019
Since 2009, Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez have all worn the shirt but as per a recent report have only managed to score 15 Premier League goals between them.
Infact, a player in the number 7 shirt since Ronaldo's departure has only averaged 1.5 goals per season which is shocking considering that such iconic individuals like George Best, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson, Erik Cantona and David Beckham have pulled on the shirt during United's history.
United managed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to revamp the squad next season and it will be interesting to see who gets the iconic number and if they would be capable of filling in such legendary boots.