The number 7 has been graced by many gifted players both in the past and present. Some iconic names that come to mind include: Raul, David Villa, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Andriy Shevchenko.
However nowhere has the number been more extraordinary and famous than at Manchester United.
It is widely known that only the best and most gifted players are given the opportunity to sport the lucky number 7 jersey at Old Trafford.
It takes more than a player of remarkable skill to wear the famous number 7.
One has to be a superstar with a personality and attitude of his own. It takes a very astonishing play maker that rarely belts down under pressure and that can stand his own. Especially when the team is going through a tough season or are in transition and the media is ripping them apart constantly.
Two of the most widely recognized players in the world today also happened to grace the Man U #7: David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
While both players had different playing styles while at United, they were both astonishing when it came to free kicks and dealing with the daily media storm that came with being a famous and successful player.
While George Best, Eric Cantona and Bryan Robson have all managed legendary careers, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia were not quite able to make their mark.
With Manchester United’s brand currently going through an identity crisis, a game changer in the squad would definitely make things livelier.
Potential candidates for the jersey would definitely have to be more on the attacking side. A player I think would fit in perfectly with what number 7 stands for would certainly be Marco Rues.
Like Ronaldo, he is an attacking winger that has proven himself as a game changer. He also formed a fearful attacking partnership with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, before he left for Bayern Munich last year, which was one of the main factors to Dortmund’s success.
Although Rues may not have many trophies to show for his decent career so far, the 25 year old has gone on record to clearly state that although his fellow Dortmund players Robert Lewandowski and Gotze made expensive moves to the Bundesliga power house that is Bayern Munich, he has reiterated that he would do no such thing.
I have spoken to many of my fellow Manchester United fans and they all seem to agree that the next player to don the number 7 shirt would have to be a superstar in the making.
Either that or Manchester United may have no choice but to retire the number like they retired the number 42 in baseball in honour of Jackie Robinson (for those of you not to familiar with the sport, Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB (Major League Baseball).