List of legendary footballers who have worn number 7 jersey
It is a well-known fact that sportsperson follow strange superstitions, including which jersey number to wear. And interestingly, a number of football legends, across several leagues, have a special connection with the number seven. On the same note, we rank the greatest footballers of all time who have donned the jersey number seven.
Significance of number 7 in football
Generally, in the sport of football, the numbers ten, nine and seven are considered lucky. As for the number seven, it has been worn by some of the most effective and profitable wingers of all-time.
The greatest English free-kick specialist ever!
We start the list with the most popular English footballer, in the form of David Beckham. Known for his near-perfect free-kicks, he was absolutely unstoppable, especially during his glory days. His most successful stint came at Manchester United, where he scored 85 goals in 394 matches, as he won record six Premier League titles, along with the UEFA Champions League.
A ruthless Frenchman
Another United star features and he is none other than the ruthless French legend, Eric Cantona. He enjoyed a famed five-year stint at Old Trafford, as he was known for his technical skills, creativity along with power and goal-scoring ability. While he was also temperamental, his Kung-Fu kick incident with a Crystal Palace fan earned him the nickname 'King Eric'.
The modern-day legend of German football
A German legend, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has enjoyed an illustrious career. He also donned the number seven jersey. His ability to hold the midfield, along with calculative thinking and decisive passing, helped his side to bulldoze through the opponent's defense. His ability to play all-over the field made him Mr. Dependable, thus rightfully deserving the number.
The Irish GOAT gave a unique identity to number 7
Known as the Bad Boy of football, George Best gave a unique identity to the number while playing at United. His creative gameplay, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, and goal-scoring abilities, along with the potential to go past the defenders, made him one of United's great. Considered Northern Ireland's best, he was also hailed as the world's best by great Brazilian, Pele.
The greatest Portuguese and the modern-day GOAT
We end the list with the modern-day GOAT and the greatest Portuguese of all, Cristiano Ronaldo. It was Sir Alex Ferguson who had handed him the jersey at United, as he expressed his shock after acknowledging the history of the jersey. The decision turned out to be the right one as he went on to become the most prolific scorer.