Eden Hazard Given No. 7 Shirt in Real Madrid Debut Season

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2019

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard in action during the second half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Atletico Madrid, Friday, July 26, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. Atletico Madrid won 7-3. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
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Eden Hazard will wear the No. 7 jersey during his first season at Real Madrid.

The Belgian's number was revealed after the club posted the 2019-20 squad list on their official website.

The former Chelsea forward will wear the number previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo before his departure to Juventus last summer.

Hazard signed for Real in June, and his eventual transfer fee could exceed £150 million after he signed a five-year deal to join Los Blancos.

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The shirt number was also worn by club legend Emilio Butragueno, who played for Real for a decade and eventually served as director of football and vice-president for the Spanish giants.

Raul was also the No. 7 during his fabled career in the capital.

Expectations are high for Hazard, with Zinedine Zidane overseeing a rebuild of the starting XI at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Ronaldo's sale severely weakened the attack, and Madrid could only finish third in La Liga last term, 19 points behind champions Barcelona.

Real have struggled in pre-season during Hazard's opening displays. Among other results, the club lost 3-1 to Bayern Munich during the attacker's debut, and they were thrashed 7-3 by neighbours Atletico Madrid in the United States.