Despite Gareth Bale‘s departure from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur not yet being made official, the Welshman’s number has already been snapped up.
Real Madrid had two options, Marco Asensio and Vinicius, and it seems the former has been given the nod to take the No.11 shirt.
Asensio confirmed as much on social media and will wear the shirt which was made famous by Paco Gento, the only player in the history of football to win six European Cups, as well as other greats Jorge Valdano, Martin Vaquez and Laurie Cunningham in having the No.11 on his back.
As a result, Asensio leaves behind his No.20 shirt that he has worn for almost his entire Real Madrid career, from his ascent to the first team to his important goals with Los Blancos, including the one he scored in the Champions League final in Cardiff.
Asensio isn’t the only number change at Real Madrid, according to the LaLiga website. The No.20 will move to Vinicius, while Martin Odegaard will take up the No.21 jersey. Borja Mayoral takes James’ vacated No.16, while Alvaro Odriozola is now No.19. Bale provisionally has the No.25 which is the last free number.