Juventus' deleted 'Number 7' post sparks Cristiano Ronaldo transfer questions

The hype over Cristiano Ronaldo's much-
rumoured move to Juventus was thrown into
overdrive on Saturday when a teasing video was
reportedly posted and deleted by Juventus'
official account on Chinese social media
platform Weibo.
The video, as captured by a number of Italian
media outlets, displays the names of players
who have worn the No. 7 shirt for Juventus in
the past and asks fans to pick their favourite.

It ends with room for one more name -- leading
fans to speculate the post was hinting at an
impending move for Ronaldo, who wears No. 7
for Real Madrid and Portugal.
The video shows the names of the six players to
wear the shirt since permanent numbers were
assigned in the 1990s: Angelo Di Livio, Gianluca
Pessotto, Hasan Salihamidzic, Simone Pepe,
Simone Zaza and Juan Cuadrado.
Ronaldo, of course, would be No. 7 number

There's no indication that the post was meant as
a "leak" of Ronaldo's arrival -- it was posted on
the seventh day of July, the seventh month, and
it might have just been to celebrate the date.

However, arriving as it did one day after
Juventus were instructed by the Italian stock
exchange to issue a statement downplaying the
rumours in the face of a skyrocketing share
price, fans can't be blamed for getting even
more excited.

The rumours persisted into the weekend, with
Italian TV station Mediaset suggesting that Real
Madrid president Florentino Perez could
announce at a board meeting on Tuesday that
Ronaldo has requested a transfer.
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