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Vinicius asked for iconic kit at Real Madrid: “Want the #7 of Cristiano, Butragueno, and Raul”

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Earlier today, it was confirmed that Vinicius Jr was given the legendary No. 7 shirt at Real Madrid ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international had been wearing the #20 kit for a few years now, but with the #7 becoming vacant following Eden Hazard’s departure, the attacking superstar has been handed the iconic kit.

Now, MARCA has come out with a report claiming that it was Vinicius himself who asked Real Madrid for the No. 7 kit.

As per the report, the 22-year-old speedster told the club officials: “I want the No. 7 of Cristiano, Butragueño, and Raúl.”

The Merengues were understood to be delighted by Vinicius’ request as he is the player who sells the most jerseys at the club and his taking the iconic No. 7 kit made perfect sense from their point of view.

Vinicius has grown into the face of this Real Madrid side over the past couple of seasons with scintillating displays on the pitch.

Given his rapid rise to prominence and the loads of talent and quality he possesses, him being handed the No. 7 shirt always felt only a matter of time.

Some of the greatest players to have represented Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Gonzalez, Emilio Butragueno, Raymond Kopa, Amancio, and Juanito have all donned the #7 shirt at the club.

However, in recent years, following the departure of Ronaldo in 2018, it had lost its sheen. Mariano Diaz was given the shirt for the 2018/19 season in what was an ill-advised move. Eden Hazard took it upon his arrival in 2019, but failed to live up to the expectations.

With Vinicius, there is hope and belief that the No. 7 kit will reclaim its iconic status. And the fact that he asked for it shows that the Brazilian is unfazed by pressure and is ready to lead this Real Madrid team from the front following Karim Benzema’s departure.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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