Real Madrid's Mariano not weighed down by Cristiano Ronaldo's No. 7 shirt

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"Yes, it weighs a lot", he told El Partidazo Cope."It was free, it's a number I like and it's a personal challenge".

Cristiano Ronaldo had worn the shirt from 2010, when Raul left to join Schalke and it was expect that, after the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's departure to Juventus, Real Madrid would bring in a big-name replacement to take the shirt.

Diaz was in great form for Lyon last season, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit. Earlier this summer, Madrid moved to strike down a report on Spanish television that claimed they had made a €310m offer to sign Neymar.

Miriano returned to Real in the final week of the transfer window as they actiavted their buy-back clause from Olympique Lyon.

Madrid are looking to continue their dominance within European football and replace their former star and record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo.

He continued: "It was a number that was free and to me it is a number that I like".

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He said: "It does not piss me off, it motivates me, if anything, it motivates me to be here every day. Lopetegui told me to keep doing what I'm doing right now". Not bad but that there is pressure in wearing that number.

"Does it put pressure on me?"

"I had the option of going to Sevilla, Alaves or Levante", he said.

"I saw that Levante began the season well and that they played with two forwards, but I've also been speaking with the coach since June and they showed interest in me".

"I don't know if he understands me".



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