Real Madrid were absolutely hammered by fans this evening after the club announced new signing Mariano Diaz would be handed Cristiano Ronaldo’s old number 7 shirt this season.
Diaz, who joined the club from Lyon, certainly isn’t the star that most Real fans would’ve expected to see take Ronaldo’s old number at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 31, 2018
Real confirmed on Twitter during Mariano’s unveiling that he is the wearer of the club’s number 7 this season, something we’re sure a fair few Los Blancos fans out there are disappointed with.
No disrespect to Mariano, but we’re sure that the club’s supporters may have been expecting a player in the ilk of Neymar or Mohamed Salah to take over from Ronaldo as the club’s fabled number 7 this season.
Following this decision and announcement from the club, fans took to Twitter to slate the Spanish giants’ choice to give Mariano the number 7, with some branding it a “disgrace”.
Here are a few tweets from fans calling out Real for giving Mariano Ronaldo’s old shirt number.
It’s fair to say they aren’t too impressed….
absolute disgrace for madrid to give mariano the number 7 jersey
— MB (@mason_barney1) August 31, 2018
Can not believe they’ve given Mariano the #7 at Madrid. Disgrace
— ??Jordan Maska?? (@Jor207_Maska) August 31, 2018
Are you serious? What a disgrace. This is a legendary number and should be given to Asensio, not Mariano who will spent most of the time on the bench.
— Tinh Hung Vo Tran (@Tinhtran1993) August 30, 2018
Florentino Perez is a disgrace to Real Madrid to give Mariano number 7 as if he’s a galactico
— Matthias? (@mballard921) August 31, 2018
I still can't believe they gave Mariano the number 7 jersey such disrespect ? id have been okay if it was Asensio
— Captain Charles Vane (@BlessingTsb) August 31, 2018
I feel giving Mariano the number 7 is a disrespect for Ronaldo ? https://t.co/V53dGM8ic8
— Luis (@Luis_tupapi01) August 31, 2018
Wow Madrid give the #7 shirt to Mariano??! The disrespect is real.
— Farah (@_Faaarrrahhh) August 31, 2018