The No. 7 shirt of Manchester United carries one of the richest traditions a single number could carry.
From big names to even bigger talents, the No.7 shirt has become very dear to the United fans.
While there is no official criteria for wearing the shirt, it is pretty obvious what is needed to do the number justice. The wearer must have buckets of talent and a captivating personality, both on and off the field.
I have decided to rank from "least to greatest" the players who have donned the legendary number seven kit. The list is made based on their services to Manchester United, not necessarily the best talent.
Michael Owen is the latest to wear the No. 7 shirt for Man United. He is at the bottom for obvious reasons, he has played two matches for Man United...pre-season...matches....
However, it should be noted that Owen has scored two goals in these matches. It is unclear what Owen's impact on the club will be, but expectations got much higher for Owen when Sir Alex Ferguson gave him the number seven.
King Eric is here at No. 5 only because of his short stay at United. However, Cantona must be credited with reviving United's winning ways in the early '90s.
Though controversial, Cantona was a fan favorite at Old Trafford. To this day, the fans still sing his name during matches.
Cantona won four Premier League titles and two F.A. Cups during his five-year career at United.
With all the personal accolades and trophies Cristiano Ronaldo won at Manchester United, he could only muster the No. 4 spot on this list.
While it is possible that Ronaldo is the most talented individual player on this list, his services to the club come short of the top spot.
Ronaldo's good looks and tricks gave him a good reputation with the fans. And he backed up all the glamour with goals, and lots of them. In six years, Ronaldo scored 118 goals for Manchester United.
Now he is wearing the No. 9 for Real Madrid, but his services to Manchester United will not be forgotten.
Robson is the longest tenured captain in Manchester United history. Often regarded as the "greatest Manc of the all," Robson gave blood, sweat, and tears for Manchester United.
One of the most beloved players in United's history, Robson was famous for playing hard and always giving 100% for the club. His United career came to an end in 1994 when age caught up with him and he was unable to perform at a high level.
He earned nearly 500 appearances for United and scored 99 goals.
Becks certainly fit the bill for the No. 7 kit. His free kicks astonished the Premier League and Europe alike. His good looks and charm off the pitch gave him superstar status in England.
Like his No.7 wearing counterparts, Becks was a fan favorite during his entire stay at Manchester United.
What puts Becks so high on this list are his accomplishments with the club. He won the Premier League six times as well as winning the F.A Cup twice. His most notable accomplishment is being part of the 1999 treble-winning team.
Beckham scored 85 goals for Manchester United and made 399 appearances.
It really couldn't have been anyone else. Though the names on this list are legendary (save Ronaldo and Owen) George Best is the original wearer of the No. 7, and the Best (oh yes, pun intended) wearer of the number seven.
While he did not win as many trophies as some of the names before him, he certainly won over the hearts of the fans. Best is widely considered the most talented player to ever wear a Man United uniform.