Real Madrid have given new signing Eden Hazard the iconic No.7 jersey that was previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Throughout the entire summer, Real supporters have been anxiously waiting for news on Hazard’s shirt number. The club’s silence on the matter has prevented them from buying the Belgian’s jersey.
Since completing his €100m transfer from Chelsea in July, Hazard has temporarily donned the No. 50 jersey throughout pre-season.
But the Spanish giants have finally ended the fans’ suffering by listing Hazard as the newest number seven on the Real Madrid website.
Meanwhile, the shirt’s previous wearer Mariano Diaz will instead wear the No. 24 jersey for Los Blancos next season. This will likely come as no surprise to most people considering his struggles during the previous campaign.
Following a successful stint with Ligue 1 giants Lyon, Diaz returned to the Santiago Bernabeu as somewhat of a last-minute replacement for Ronaldo following the star’s departure for Juventus.
But the 26-year-old could only score four goals in his 22 appearances for Real amid injury problems and struggles to break into the line-up.
It seems, though, the Real board feel they’ve finally found a worthy successor to follow in the legendary footsteps of Ronaldo in Hazard.
Considering the Portuguese superstar’s insane record of 450 goals in 438 games, it may be a bit of unfair pressure for the new guy.
On the other hand, Real have hinted that James Rodriguez might remain at the club. They’ve given him the number 16 shirt for this season, which implies a Napoli transfer might not go ahead.
The Colombian playmaker previously owned the No.10 before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2017.
While Hazard’s fellow new recruits have also taken up their new squad numbers. Defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy will take up numbers three and 23 respectively.
Forwards Luka Jovic and Rodrygo Goes will don the 18 and 27 jerseys for Los Merengues.
Eden Hazard has officially been given number 7 at Real Madrid ⚪
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 9, 2019