Eden Hazard will not follow in the same footsteps as Real Madrid legends Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo by taking up the famed No 7 shirt, according to reports.
The ex-Chelsea superstar, 28, completed his dream move to Los Blancos in a deal worth £88.5m, which could rise if various add-ons are met.
But the Madrid new boy might not be donning the No 7 shirt and add to the prestige of the number like Raul and Ronaldo did.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Mariano has no plans of leaving the club this summer or vacating the shirt number for Hazard.
But the Belgium international has ‘decided’ that he will be wearing the No 23 shirt instead.
Hazard, who wore No 10 during his time at Chelsea, might have picked the new shirt number to show off his love for basketball and the NBA.
NBA icon Michael Jordan, 56, wore the No 23 during his time at the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards.
And fellow NBA legend LeBron James, 34, has worn the same number for the Cleveland Cavaliers and now the LA Lakers.
Real Madrid’s No 23 shirt also has some prestige behind it, with David Beckham picking the number following his move from Manchester United in 2003.
The ex-England international, 44, picked the shirt number as Raul had the No 7 shirt and he wanted to show his admiration for ‘MJ.’
Hazard is Madrid’s marquee summer signing and has arrived at the club alongside Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.
Following his unveiling in front of a reported 50,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, Hazard told reporters that he is not a “Galactico.”
He said: “I’m going to try to become the best player in the world, but first I wanted to be in the best team in the world.
“I’m not a Galactico, but I’ll try to be, for now I’m Eden Hazard.”
The Spanish club have invested heavily in the transfer window, but Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly requested that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez make at least ‘three more signings’ this summer.
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