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Asensio, Vinicius...? Real Madrid's No. 7 shirt looking for new owner

Asensio, Vinicius...? Real Madrid's No. 7 shirt looking for new owner

Jesús Álvarez Orihuela

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The legendary shirt is vacant after Cristiano Ronaldo's exit, with the club weighing up who to give it to. Marco Asensio, Vinicius, a new signing...?

Immediately after sealing his 2009 move to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo asked his agent, Jorge Mendes: "Will I be able to wear No. 7?" The answer was no. That shirt was in the possession of Raúl González Blanco, a club institution and, at the time, first-team captain.

Cristiano did not complain, and just a year later was able to fulfil his dream of sporting a number which, in addition to Raúl, a whole host of other greats have pulled on throughout Real's illustrious history: the likes of Amancio Amario, Juanito, Emilio Butragueño...

With Cristiano gone, No. 7 is free once again

Eight years on, one of the 13-time European champions' highest-profile, and highest-selling, shirts is free once more, and at the Santiago Bernabéu the question is: Who to give to now? After Cristiano, it can't just go to anyone.

Asensio wearing No. 20: a sight whose days could be numbered

Asensio the current favourite for the shirt

The current plan is to offer it to one of Los Blancos' chief stars of the future: Marco Asensio (who at present wears No. 20). Now that he is established as a starter following Cristiano's departure, it would be a way of recognising the step-up that the 22-year-old has made in the squad's pecking order.

Vinicius also in the frame...

Vinicius is plan B, despite having not yet made his competitive debut, while plan C would be to give the number to a new signing - if such a signing materialises...

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