Ronaldo moved to Turin in an incredible 100 million deal earlier this week, and speculation ran rampant over whether the 33-year-old would be able to wear the number that has become synonymous with his name.
And now Cuadrado has taken the decision himself, handing Ronaldo his famous number.
Writing on Instagram, he said: “It is better to give than to receive! Blessings Cristiano in this new adventure.”
Many feel it was likely that Ronaldo would have been given the shirt regardless by his new club, even if Cuadrado did not want to pass it off, with the ‘CR7’ brand being of huge importance to the player’s estate and Ronaldo himself presumably holding all the cards in what is likely to be the most high-profile transfer of the summer.
In a similar scenario, Javier Pastore handed over the number 10 shirt to Neymar upon the Brazilian’s world-record €222 million signing with Paris Saint-German last summer, the Argentine having said he wanted to give his new team-mate a ‘symbolic gift’.
“It is better to give than to receive.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 12, 2018