10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals
10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals

In 2009, superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for Real Madrid after scoring 84 goals from 196 appearances in the Red Devils’ famous No 7 shirt during his six-year stay at Old Trafford.


He followed the successful footsteps of Manchester United legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Eric Cantona. But since he departed for Real Madrid, those following have only managed to score just 15 goals among them.

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They are Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and current occupant Alexis Sanchez.


Ronaldo’s immediate replacement, former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle forward Owen, scored five goals from 31 appearances.

10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals

He was then followed by Valencia, who was signed from Wigan as a right-winger replacement for Ronaldo in 2009 but switched from the No 25 shirt to No 7 for the 2012-13 season. He could only score one from  30 appearances.

10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals


Winger, Angel Di Maria scored just twice despite playing 27 times for Manchester United following a £59.7million switch from Real Madrid.

10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals

Di Maria was followed by another flop, Memphis Depay, who scored twice from 29 appearances during the 2015-16 season before leaving for Lyon.

10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals


Incumbent No 7 Alexis Sanchez, who earns a whopping £500,000 per week at Old Trafford, has so far been able to score just  3 goals from 32 appearances.

10-years after Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United, 5 players have worn the No 7 shirt but have only scored 15 league goals


It’s safe to write that no player has been able to replicate the success of the famous No 7 shirt since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club 10-years ago.

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