Eden Hazard has officially been awarded the number seven shirt at Real Madrid.
The Belgium captain completed a £130million move to the Bernabeu from Chelsea at the beginning of the transfer window.
Given the size of the deal and star attraction of the 28-year-old, speculation as to which squad number he would be given began to rage.
Hazard’s preferred number 10 shirt at Chelsea and for Belgium is currently occupied by Luka Modric, while seven was held by Mariano Diaz.
But it seems as though the Los Blancos hierarchy have deemed the new summer signing worthy of following in the footsteps of club legends Raul Gonazlez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the decision has not gone down well with some sections of the club’s fanbase.
Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid and is officially announced at the Bernabéu
Given Ronaldo’s obscenely good record for Real, it seems almost unfair to expect Hazard to fill his shoes.
In fact, some supporters took to Twitter to plead with their new summer signing to give the number seven shirt back.
Will be the worst no7 in Real Madrid history
— 🤮🤮 (@DonFMindex) August 9, 2019
No one as good as Ronaldo will ever wear the number 7 again
— Alex⚪️🇫🇮 (@MadridistaGuy43) August 9, 2019
Hazard should return the number 7 jersey if he knows what is good for him. He’ll constantly be compared to Ronaldo
— edem Kumordjie (@TheRealEdem) August 9, 2019
Madrid really gave Ronaldo’s iconic 7 to Hazard…Never has a number seen such decline.
— Denis🇧🇬 (@Stoichkovinho) August 9, 2019
no one is worthy to wear that no 7 after ronaldo they should stop giving it to clowns like mariano and hazard disrespectful from madrid🤮
— Anoop 🖕 Sreedharz ™ (@ASreedharz) August 9, 2019
Fellow new signing Luka Jovic will wear No 18, Ferland Mendy received No 23, Eder Militao was handed No 3 and Rodrygo No 27.
James Rodriguez, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, has returned to the Spanish capital and will take over the No. 16 shirt after Modric was given his previous No.10 shirt.
Zinedine Zidane’s side visit Celta Vigo on August 17 and will hope Hazard’s new number can help them to success.