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Man Utd set to pay off Ronaldo’s transfer fee before he’s kicked a ball

Man Utd have seen a huge demand for Cristiano Ronaldo’s No 7 shirt with sales smashing club records ahead of the striker’s second debut against Newcastle next weekend

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Man Utd fans snap up Ronaldo shirts at Old Trafford

Manchester United could be about to pay off their investment in Cristiano Ronaldo before he’s even kicked a ball.

The 36-year-old has returned to Old Trafford, 12 years after he left for Real Madrid.

United had to pay Juventus just shy of £20m to bring back to the Portuguese striker, who will again wear the No 7 shirt.

There has been a huge demand for Ronaldo shirts and they could yet pay off his transfer fee before his debut against Newcastle next weekend.

In the first 12 hours of his squad number being announced, Ronaldo No 7 shirts bought in £32.5m in sales across its various platforms, according to website lovethesales.com

Within hours of the shirt going on sale United enjoyed the biggest day of online sales ever on a single sports merchandise site outside of North America.



Sales of Cristiano Ronaldo’s no 7 shirt have shattered records
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In the first hour alone on United’s official website the club topped their best ever 24 hours of sales.

The club will pocket 10 per cent of that figure due to how kit sponsorship deals work out.

The Red Devils were able to negotiate Ronaldo’s Juventus fee in £2.5m instalments, meaning they’ve already raised the annual sum they owe the Italian side.

If shirt sales continue at their current rate the Premier League giants will have paid for the striker before he even kicks a ball at Old Trafford.

The game which will see Ronaldo make his second debut takes place at 3pm – meaning no broadcaster can show the game.









Ratings would’ve likely been through the roof but instead the first glimpse many fans will get of the striker will be on highlight programmes.

Fans wanting to see Ronaldo’s second coming could end up paying over £2,500 on ticket resale websites.

The official allocation of tickets has sold out but certain websites are looking to take advantage of the huge demand.

The website Live Football Tickets has more than 200 tickets on sale that are priced from £250 to £699 while lower tier tickets are available on Stubhub for £2,514.







Ronaldo has joined a team already blessed with plenty of attacking talent but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played his cards early.

“He’s (Ronaldo) not signed to sit on the bench. He will make us a better team,” he said.

Ronaldo joined up with his new team-mates earlier than planned and is keen to prepare himself for his second debut.

“It’s going to be beautiful. I want to prepare well because we know the Premier League is very difficult”, he told TNT Sports.

“This was my first game of 90 minutes. I felt a little difficulty. But little by little, things are coming out.”




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