Man City shirt numbers Cristiano Ronaldo could wear as Juventus star angles for transfer

Kane announces he's staying at Tottenham after Man City links

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Manchester City could be set to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after talks for Tottenham’s Harry Kane came to a halt – taking the noisy neighbour remark to a whole new meaning.

Ronaldo, 36, played for United for six seasons, scoring 118 goals and winning various accolades along the way, including a Champions League, three Premier Leagues and a Ballon d’Or.

And after leaving for Real Madrid, it has been anticipated he would move back to Old Trafford at some stage in his career.

With the Portugal international wanting out of Juventus, it seemed United would be the obvious destination for their once-worshipped superstar.

But with Kane announcing his stay at Spurs would be prolonged, it has opened the door to a move to the Etihad for Ronaldo – in a switch that would incense fans of the Red Devils.

Express Sport looks at shirt numbers Ronaldo could wear under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

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Number 28

Unfortunately for Ronaldo, his No 7 shirt is currently occupied by Raheem Sterling; meaning he would no longer be able to continue the CR7 brand that he displays.

A move into 7 could occur if Gabriel Jesus departs, making Sterling into the No 9 and Ronaldo then slotting into Sterling’s space.

However, with a move for the Brazilian unlikely, the shirt swap is unlikely as well.

Therefore, the Portuguese superstar may have to go back to his roots – choosing the No 28 shirt he started off with at his first club, Sporting Lisbon.

Number 30

The great Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate has raged on ever since both talents hit exceptional form around the 2007 mark.

The two had a highly competitive – but largely friendly – rivalry over who was the best player in the world, with fans today still split over who was better.

Ronaldo always had the argument that he had been great in three countries – something Messi didn’t have as he stayed at Barcelona for the majority of his career.

But now that the Argentine has moved to Paris Saint-Germain, he has chosen the No 30 shirt – in which Ronaldo could do the same in a snide but teasing jab at the diminutive winger; especially as Messi’s good friend Nicolas Otamendi last wore the shirt.

Number 77

It wouldn’t be the Ronaldo as we know him without a seven on the shirt, would it?

With No 7 taken by Sterling and No 17 taken by the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne, it appears No 77 would have to do for Ronaldo if he wants to keep the number.

The rationale behind this is his brand is that vast, and it is not inconceivable to think that the Portuguese forward would opt for No 77.

And with the shirt never being taken by a senior player before – only Ryotaro Meshino and Cameron Humphreys have donned it before at youth level – it could be another shirt for Ronaldo to stamp his authority upon.

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