When Cristiano Ronaldo left the Bernabeu after nine incredible seasons, many suspected Real Madrid would replace him with another superstar. However, the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar stayed put, while Ronlaldo’s iconic No. 7 shirt was handed to the lesser-known Mariano Diaz.
The Catalan-born striker first represented Los Blancos as a youth player in 2011. Now 25, he returns after an incredibly successful season with Lyon in Ligue 1—and he’s ready to live up to the expectation of the number on his back.