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Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz: I know I can handle No7

16 September 2018

I'm happy to wear the No. 7 [shirt], following Amancio, Juanito, [Emilio] Butragueno and Raul... and since I was a kid, I've seen them play with him ... Speaking on the choice of the shirt he chose at the Bernabeu, he said: 'Yes, it weighs a lot.

The striker who came through Los Blancos' youth system, before being sold under Zinedine Zidane, has taken the iconic number seven shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu - something he admits has attracted a fair amount of attention.

The 25-year-old scored five goals in 14 matches in his first spell in Real's senior side, and struck 21 times for Lyon across all competitions last season.

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Mariano, who returned to Madrid in August following a year at Lyon, has only one worldwide cap to his name for Dominican Republic, whom he qualifies for through his mother.

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"It was a number that was free and to me it is a number that I like". And I said: 'I like the No. 7'. 'Many told me I should not choose it, but I'm not thinking about it.

"Others have told me that I have been fearless and others that I should not have taken it".

"That is something which I appreciated very much but then Madrid called, which is the club of my dreams and here I am. Sevilla were in talks with me but they know my team is Madrid, the club I love, and they understand this".

Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz: I know I can handle No7