Juventus suffer defeat in their first game without Cristiano Ronaldo

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Juventus could not win their first game without Cristiano Ronaldo. The Italian Serie A giants suffered a shocking 1-0 home defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Serie A club, Empoli on Saturday, August 28.

The match came less than 48 hours after it was confirmed that the club’s talisman, Ronaldo, has decided to leave the club.

Recall that the 36-year-old Portuguese football icon showed up at the club’s training ground on Friday, August 27, to clear his locker and bade farewell to his teammates.

Afterward, he flew to Lisbon, Portugal to await the outcome of the negotiation between Manchester United and his agent, Jorge Mendes.

Later that same day, Manchester United announced that they have reached an agreement with Juventus for the services of Ronaldo who had played for United between 2003 and 2009.

The announcement confirmed that the 5 times Ballon d’Or winner has sealed his exit from the Serie A club and the club were not expected to struggle in their first game without him.

Unfortunately for the club, they came across a resilient and well-organized Empoli that were able to end the game with the 21st-minute goal Italian footballer, Leonardo Mancuso scored for them.

Massimiliano Allegri tried to earn a point from the game by introducing stars like Alvaro Morata, Dejan Kulusevski, and new signing Manuel Locatelli in the second half. However, their presence in the game could not make a difference. Hence, the game ended 1-0 in favor of Empoli.

So far this season, Juventus have earned just a point in two league games. Their next league game is away against Napoli on Sunday, September 12.

The possible jersey number of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a spot-kick for Juventus.
File photo of Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a spot-kick for Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo is known with Jersey number 7 since he first joined Manchester United in 2003. The then coach of the club, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to take the shirt number after the departure of David Beckham.

From that point, Ronaldo made the shirt number his own by playing the best of football wearing the shirt number throughout his 6 years reign at Old Trafford.

When he joined Real Madrid in 2009, he was asked to wear shirt number 9 throughout the 2009-2010 season. He was given shirt number 7 after the exit of Real Madrid legend Raul.

From there, Cristiano Ronaldo made a brand out of the jersey number. His association with the jersey number gave birth to the CR7 trademark.

After 9 years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 and was given the shirt number 7 which he wore for three seasons in Italy.

Ronaldo is on the verge of returning to Manchester United this summer and one of the big arguments is, which jersey number would he use when he finally arrives at the club.

Recall that at the beginning of this summer transfer window, Manchester United did not plan to sign Ronaldo. It was expected that the Portuguese football icon would spend the 2021-2022 season at Juventus.

When it was cleared that he was determined to leave Juventus, Manchester United decided to sign him to prevent him from joining their domestic rivals, Manchester City.

Before now, Man United have assigned the jersey number 7 to Edison Cavani and the Premier League rule is that a shirt number can not be changed when a season has already started.

Hence, Cavani would have to wear shirt number 7 throughout the 2021-2022 season while Ronaldo could wear shirt number 28 which was the shirt number he asked for when he first arrived at Old Trafford in 2003.

Since United offered Ronaldo a two-year deal, the shirt number 7 might return to him at the end of this season when Cavani exits the club.

However, if Premier League decides to exempt Ronaldo from the shirt number rule and Cavani decides to release the shirt number to Ronaldo, the Portuguese football icon might be unveiled with his trademark jersey number 7.