Mariano Diaz explains why he chose to wear Ronaldo’s No.7 shirt

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Mariano Diaz has revealed that being labelled as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid only motivates him, while speaking about the pressure of taking over the Ballon d'Or holder's number seven shirt.

Real Madrid's new No. 7 has revealed why he chose to take the number after it was left vacant by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the recent transfer window. If it weighs? Yes, it weighs a lot, it was free, it's a number I like and a personal challenge, I'm happy to wear that number that many stars like Amancio have worn, Juanito, Butragueño, Raúl., and from a young age, we saw them play. If he asked me for the 7? And I said: 'I like the No. 7'.

"I don't think it matters much. Lopetegui told me to keep doing what I'm doing right now".

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"It's a pressure to carry that number, but others have told me that I should not have chosen it". Earlier this summer, Madrid moved to strike down a report on Spanish television that claimed they had made a €310m offer to sign Neymar. Mariano said he was taken by complete surprise by the call so late in the transfer window. The name of Real Madrid makes me very excited because this is what I wanted.

"He told me he'd love if I would come back and I told him the same and he explained everything to me". Sevilla was interested in me.

Al-Khelaifi continues that "Real Madrid would like Neymar, it's an attitude that we do not like at all that other clubs talk about our players".

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