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Why Mariano Diaz Deserved the Number 7 over Marco Asensio.

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2.57K   //    02 Sep 2018, 01:41 IST

Mariano Diaz, recently signed by Florentino Perez for Real Madrid, has taken over the Real Madrid's legendary no.7 shirt which was previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo who moved on to Juventus this summer. Diaz played for Real Madrid C and also Real Madrid B, Justifying why he took over the number 7 in Real Madrid.

Numbers were initially used to indicate position, with starting players being assigned numbers 1–11, although these numbers often bear little or no significance in the modern game other than the players' favorite numbers and the numbers available. However, numbers 1–11 are ordinarily still worn by players of the previously co-related position.

Marco Asensio joined Real Madrid in 2014 but was loaned out in the season, having no Real Madrid in his past makes it look believable why Mariano Diaz deserved the number. He only made it to the squad when Zinedine Zidane wanted to trust the Spanish youth over foreign players in an inflated transfer market. However, Asensio played in a position Cristiano Ronaldo played in, left-wing position, but he was also seen playing in a central attacking position when he was in Mallorca, and a few instances he played the CAM role in Real Madrid as well. So safe to say Marco Asensio can take over the number 10 ( Not denying Luka Modric ) for his playmaking roles, the attacking play-makers are sometimes called the "number 10" of the team, as they often wear the number 10 jersey.

The attacking midfielder play-maker will sit in a free role between the midfield and the forwards, either in the center of the pitch or on either flank. Numbers are given by football positions usually, and in basic 4-3-1-2 as well as the 4-4-2 the number 7 is given to the second striker.

However in the 4–2–3–1 formation the number 7 is given to the right winger but again Asensio plays on the left flank and Real Madrid haven't used this formation in the last few seasons , so this rules out all the possibilities why Asensio cannot take over the number 7 for his Spanish privilege. Perhaps even Lucas Vazquez gets the upper hand on getting the number 7 jersey over Asensio due to his right-wing position as well as the Spanish nationality. The use of inverted wingers now sees traditional right-wingers, the number 7's, like Cristiano Ronaldo or Franck Ribéry, on the left, and traditional left-wingers, the number 11's, like Gareth Bale or Ángel Di María, on the right.

Julen Lopetegui's Real Madrid is so far seen using the 4-3-3 formation, which means the number 7 is given to the second striker. Also, these numbers are given traditionally as their position roles, so it provides Mariano with the edge to get the number 7. Mariano Diaz concludes the debate when his past is disclosed, Absolutely justice to the number after he has the Real Madrid DNA in him, and has been playing for the club for a long time now.

It had become the hottest topic in many of the social groups over why Marco Asensio didn't get the number 7, despite impressing everybody in the club and the fans, the answer was straightforward, Julen Lopetegui perhaps believes in the traditional numbering which is why Thibaut Courtois got the number 25. ( In the Spanish La Liga, players in the A-squad Goalkeepers must wear either 1, 13 or 25 ) , if not, he gave the opportunity to the player who was formerly serving the club for about five to six years in the past i.e. Mariano Diaz.


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Marco Asensio (Left ) and Mariano Diaz ( Right)

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