Juventus latest signing Danilo revealed he sarcastically asked Cristiano Ronaldo for his iconic number seven jersey upon his arrival from Manchester City.
The Brazil international moved to Turin from City last week as part of a deal which saw Portuguese right-back Joao Cancelo head the other way.
Danilo’s transfer sees him link back up with former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, having won two UEFA Champions League titles together during their time at the Bernabeu.
And speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Danilo remarked that he’d asked Ronaldo for his coveted squad number before revealing how “motivated and happy” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner appears at the Allianz Stadium.
"I spoke to him before coming here," he said, as per Football Italia. "I said to him that I wanted to take the number seven jersey, but it was already taken.
"He spoke very highly of Juventus and to play with him will be an extra motivation. I found a very motivated and happy Ronaldo.
"He spoke about the club like a family and this was reassuring to me. It was great to hear such things."