Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt number options at Man City as Sterling holds No.7

Manchester City have the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus in what would be a sensational return to Manchester.

Ronaldo formerly played at rivals Manchester United but left the club to join Real Madrid in 2009, and risks facing immense backlash from his former adoring fans.

The Portuguese star is out of contract at Juventus next summer and the Italian giants are open to selling him to save on the €31million (£25.5m) salary they are currently paying the 36-year-old, and are also seeking to receive a fee of at least £21.5m for the forward that they purchased for €100m (£86m) in 2018.

However, Ronaldo's iconic no.7 jersey is currently occupied by Raheem Sterling, so here Daily Star Sport take a look at what numbers would be available to the Portuguese star…

The only logical way Ronaldo could occupy the no.7 shirt would be if Sterling switched his number, which would only be likely if Gabriel Jesus was to leave the club and have his no.9 shirt taken by the England international.

There were rumours that Jesus could switch to Juventus as part of the deal, but City do not want to let go of the Brazilian star, leaving Ronaldo with the following options…

Number 28

Ronaldo wore the no.28 shirt at boyhood club Sporting Lisbon, and the choice could be made to wear his former number just as Lionel Messi opted to following his transfer to Paris Saint Germain this summer.

It was a game between Lisbon and United that caught Sir Alex Ferguson's eye, and the legendary manager wanted to sign Ronaldo instantly following the final whistle.

Ronaldo has always shown a lot of love for his first professional club, and this could influence him choosing the no.28 should he join City.

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Number 30

Lionel Messi bent Ligue 1 rules to take the no.30 jersey that he wore when beginning his career at FC Barcelona, and the same number is available at City.

Ronaldo could opt to take this number and take some of the attention away from his long-term rival in the process, as both would now share the unique number.

The last City player to hold this shirt was Messi's Argentine team-mate Nicolas Otamendi, and has been vacant ever since the centre-back left the club.

Number 77

It's possible that if CR7 want's to remain associated with the no.7, he could add an extra one and take the no.77, just as Henrikh Mkhitaryan did during Arsenal's Europa League campaign in 2018.

Mkhitarayan wore no.7 for Arsenal domestically but due to Uefa's ruling, two different players cannot occupy the same number in the same campaign, with Alexis Sanchez previously wearing the number before the two switched between United and Arsenal.

Although a different circumstance, Ronaldo could choose to wear the same number with no7 being unavailable, meaning CR77 could be on the cards.

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