The man who inherited Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey at Real Madrid - Mariano Diaz

By Mirror: Saturday, September 1st 2018 at 17:36 GMT +3 | Football
Mariano Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Olympique Lyon [Courtesy]

Real Madrid had a summer-long search to find Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement.

The Portuguese decided his time was up at the Bernabeu as he completed a stunning move to Juventus.

Would it be Eden Hazard to replace him? What about Neymar? Kylian Mbappe, perhaps?

The 25-year-old faces a huge battle to fill the void left by Ronaldo [Courtesy]

It turned out to be none of those as Real instead exercised their buy-back clause to re-sign Mariano from Lyon.

The 25-year-old faces a huge battle to fill the void left by Ronaldo and his task may be even harder after he was handed Real's prestigious No.7 jersey - the number left behind by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Before Ronaldo it was worn by legendary striker Raul, who inherited from Emilio Butragueno.

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Some Real fans aren't happy at the decision to hand Mariano the shirt [Courtesy]

Quite the list and some Real fans aren't happy at the decision to hand Mariano the shirt.

He could make his second debut for the club against Leganes on Saturday.

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