The No. 7 Shirt

Only the most creative and skilful players are trusted with the No.7 jersey. That’s especially true in LaLiga Santander, a competition with a history of incredible No.7s.

Lucky number seven. It’s an iconic number and several current and former LaLiga Santander players have enjoyed particular fortune while wearing it. Here’s a look at the 20 players wearing No.7 in 2020/21 and at 10 legends who wore it in the past.

The players wearing No.7 in the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season

Lucas Pérez (D. Alavés), Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club), João Félix (Atlético de Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona), Salvi Sánchez (Cádiz CF), Unoccupied (RC Celta), Quique González (SD Eibar), Nino (Elche CF), Jaime Mata (Getafe CF), Luis Suárez (Granada CF), David Ferreiro (SD Huesca), Sergio León (Levante UD), Jony (CA Osasuna), Juanmi (Real Betis), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Portu (Real Sociedad), Sergi Guardiola (Real Valladolid), Suso (Sevilla FC), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia CF), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal CF)

The No.7 isn’t just given to any player. It’s a number reserved for goalscorers, creators and mavericks and several of the top stars of LaLiga Santander fit these categories.

At Barcelona and Real Madrid, the No.7 shirt has been entrusted to Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard respectively. Both of these superstar forwards joined their current clubs in the summer of 2019, although Griezmann actually only inherited the No.7 in the summer of 2020. Given all that these players have achieved in their careers so far and given their star appeal, sports stores in Spain and around the world will often have their replica shirts in the shop window. These are two world-class players and it’s only fitting that they’ve been given a rock star number.

João Félix’s shirt is another of the most popular when talking about shirt sales, even if the 20-year-old is only just beginning his career. The Portuguese forward is taking massive strides forward every season and is a joy to watch in each LaLiga Santander matchday, turning defenders left and right and forwards and backwards, all while donning the luckiest of all the numbers.

Several of the players wearing No.7 around the league are known for their goalscoring ability, such as Gerard Moreno, Jaime Mata and Sergi Guardiola, who each finished as their club’s top goalscorer in LaLiga Santander in 2019/20. New arrivals such as Jony at Osasuna and Luis Suárez at Granada will hope to emulate that kind of impact in their first season at their new clubs, a season in which they have the honour of being their team’s No.7.

Ten LaLiga legends who wore the No.7

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), David Villa (Valencia, Barcelona), Raúl (Real Madrid), Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Roy Makaay (Deportivo La Coruña), Carles Rexach (Barcelona), César Cruchaga (Osasuna), Juanito (Real Madrid), Raymond Kopa (Real Madrid), Diego Forlán (Atlético Madrid)

Different numbers hold different levels of significance at different clubs. At Real Madrid, for example, the No.7 jersey has always carried an extra special aura and that’s because so many LaLiga legends have worn it over the years, from Raymond Kopa during the era of the capital city club’s first European Cup successes to three-time Pichichi and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. In between, other all-time greats such as Juanito, Emilio Butragueño and Raúl have also made the white No.7 shirt their own.

At Barcelona, other shirt numbers have generally held more prestige, yet there have still been several top talents in their No.7 over the years. One of the best in recent memory is David Villa, who wore that number at Valencia and then also after his 2010 move to the Camp Nou. Even if the Asturian striker also wore some different shirt numbers during his career, the vast majority of his 184 top flight goals were netted with the No.7 on his back.

Players wearing this number are usually known for their creativity in attack and for their goal contributions, which is why so many of the Pichichi winners over the years have been No.7s. As well as Juanito, Butragueño, Raúl and Ronaldo, the likes of Carles Rexach, Roy Makaay and Diego Forlán have also finished as the top scorer in Spain’s top division while wearing this number.

Then, there are many others who become synonymous with this jersey during their careers due to longevity. That’s certainly the case with former Osasuna captain César Cruchaga, who spent his entire career with the Pamplona-based club and who wore No.7 throughout his time in red.

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