Brazil international and Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr has rejected Real Madrid’s Jersey Number 7 shirt offered to him by the club.
Vinicius Jr was reportedly offered the jersey number as Real Madrid shuffles for who will wear the jersey.
Jersey Number 7 at Real Madrid has been worn by big names who have left their marks at the club.
The shirt is currently worn by Eden Hazard but the former Chelsea star has struggled for minutes under Carlo Ancelotti.
ESPN confirms Real Madrid are ready to have a new player wear the jersey and have offered it to Vincius Jr, who has rejected it.
Eden Hazard has lost his starting berth at Real Madrid but is ready to complete his contract at the club which is set to expire after next season.
After Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid, Eden Hazard was handed the Number 7 jersey by Real Madrid, given his superb dribbling skills and confidence with the ball.
After an initial promising spell with the Laliga giants, Eden Hazard has slipped off the pecking order and is struggling to break into the starting lineup.
The Number 7 Jersey at Real Madrid is iconic and cannot be left to freeze off on the bench.
Vincius Jr is a rising star at Real Madrid. Since joining the club from Flamengo in Brazil, he has been prolific for Real Madrid.
This season, Vincius Jr has 6 Champions League goals in 8 matches, and 8 Laliga goals in 25 matches, including 4 assists.
The Brazil international has been deemed fit to step into the shoes of football greats at Real Madrid to wear the Number 7 jersey.
Some of the big names that have worn the jersey at Real Madrid include; Butragueno, Raul, Janitor, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Eden Hazard.
Vinicius Jr would have been enlisted into the bastions of players with the iconic jersey but has reportedly rejected the offer.
According to ESPN, Vincius Jr is instead demanding for number 11 Jersey which is currently being worn by Marco Asensio.
The Brazil international seems shy of carrying the burden of wearing the Number 7 jersey and reckoning with the big names that have worn the jersey.
Vinicius Jr started out with Jersey no.28. He is currently wearing jersey no.20, and is now demanding for the no.11 jersey instead of Number 7.
It is still unclear what the decision of Real Madrid’s management will be but it is certain, Vini will not be forced to take up a jersey number he doesn’t want to wear.