Real Madrid’s number 7 jersey goes to Hazard
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the friendly soccer match against FC Red Bull Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, Aug. 7, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
Madrid, Aug 9 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid has announced the team’s new shirt numbers for the upcoming season, revealing that Eden Hazard has been given the famed number seven jersey, a legacy of former legends at the club.
After the departure of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy’s Juventus last summer, Dominican forward Mariano Diaz wore the number seven shirt upon his return to Madrid.
But after contracting the talented Belgian international, it was decided that he will get that number, while Mariano will wear 24.
Hazard continues to gain more importance at Madrid, getting the shirt number that is considered the most prestigious jersey at the LaLiga side, which was also worn by Raul Gonzalez.
Colombia’s James Rodriguez will don the number 16 jersey, having returned from a two-year loan at Germany’s Bayern Munich.
Striker Luka Jovic will play in the number 18 shirt, defender Eder Militao number three, left-back Ferland Mendy number 23 and forward Rodrygo number 27.
Japanese promising talent Takefusa Kubo did not appear in the list, as he has probably been contracted for Madrid B-Team, known as Castilla. He was also linked to a loan move during the upcoming season.
Madrid’s first team resumed practice on Friday, following Wednesday’s friendly 1-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg.
Defender and captain Sergio Ramos and Mariano did not take part in the session as they exercised indoors.
Injured Marco Asensio did not attend to the team practice either as he continued his recovery processes.
Mendy and Brahim Diaz returned to train on the pitch but at the margin of the group.
Madrid is set to debut its 2019/2020 LaLiga campaign on the road against Celta Vigo on 17 August. EFE-EPA