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Mariano explains why he chose Cristiano Ronaldo’s number 7

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Real Madrid attacker Mariano Diaz talked to Cadena COPE in an interview last night and revealed why he will be wearing Madrid’s number 7.

“I don’t think it matters much. Does it add some pressure? Sure. But it was free and it’s a number I like and a challenge for me. I’m happy to wear that number after so many legends like Amancio, Juanito, Butragueño, Raul...I saw them play when I was young. And Ronaldo, sure. It was free for someone to take, every Madrid fan knows it and they asked me what number I was going to take. I imagine somebody else could’ve taken it, I don’t know if they wanted to but I don’t think they didn’t dare to take it, there are some quality players who could wear 7 here as well,” said Mariano.

Marco Asensio said recently that he would like to change his number 20 sooner or later, but didn’t reveal whether number 7 would be a priority for him. Mariano doesn’t know much about it either.

“He didn’t say anything about it and I’ve been talking with him lately. I congratulated him for the two golazos he scored. We really get along, he’s a very good friend. What would I do if he asked me to change numbers? Well I don’t know, it’s not a huge deal. So much people talked to me about it, saying I should not take it, telling me that it brings pressure with it...Everything. I’m not thinking about it, all I’m thiking of is training every single day so that I can play minutes,” added the attacker.

Mariano hasn’t made his debut for Madrid just yet but said he is working hard to be in Lopetegui’s plans.

“I don’t know when I’ll make my debut. I work so that it can be as soon as possible. I will just keep working hard. Lopetegui told me to keep doing what I’m doing right now,” concluded Mariano.