Real Madrid star, Marco Asensio, has revealed why he did not take Cristiano Ronaldo’s No. 7 shirt when the Portugal superstar left the club for Juventus.
Asensio said the club never offered him the No. 7 shirt. Ronaldo opted to join Juventus in order to achieve pay parity with Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Real Madrid opted against signing a direct replacement but Asensio has instead stepped up.
The Spain star bagged the winner in Real’s 1-0 La Liga victory over Espanyol last night.
When Ronaldo was first signed from Manchester United nine years ago, he was given the No 9 jersey.
However, once Raul left Bernabeu to Bundesliga side Schalke, Ronaldo got the shirt.
The no 7 shirt is now iconic for Real in the same way it is for United.
Asensio said he was not given the opportunity to wear it with new signing Mariano Diaz, instead securing it.
Asensio was quoted as thus:
They didn’t offer me the No. 7,” Express Sports quoted him as saying.
“The club never said anything to me about it.
“I didn’t have the chance to decide.”