Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he asked Sir Alex Ferguson for the number 28 shirt at Manchester United.
As reported by Goal.com, Ronaldo, speaking at Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony, has admitted that he was petrified when given the task of taking on David Beckham's number seven shirt.
Ronaldo, of course, joined the Old Trafford icons to wear the shirt and produced the goods throughout his six-year stint in Manchester.
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The Portuguese superstar, of course, went on to help the Red Devils secure Champions League silverware and numerous Premier League titles.
But he's admitted that the number seven shirt wasn't on his agenda when he first moved to Manchester.
Ronaldo was petrified
The forward stated: "At the beginning of my career in Manchester, yes. I remember when I signed for Manchester I arrived at the club and I asked for 28, because it was the number I used at Sporting.
"But the coach said to me: 'No, you're not going to wear 28, you're going to use No.7.' And I was a little bit afraid, petrified, because, you know, I knew that Beckham used that shirt.
"But I said OK, I accept the challenge, and since then it's been my lucky number. Because everything I have won in football, it was with that shirt. It's my lucky number.
"Everything that I have is part of the number seven, so this is the story of the number seven in the beginning of my career and this number is the number that I love."
Now, then, the number seven is iconic to the Ronaldo brand; a superstar on the pitch, the 30-year-old is just as successful away from it.
Ronaldo, who will soon be approaching the final stages of his career, will most definitely enjoy a sustained period of success when his illustrious playing career comes to an end.
One thing is for sure, Ronaldo certainly owes Ferguson a great deal for making the decision to hand him the number seven shirt at Old Trafford.
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