Cristiano Ronaldo has smashed another Premier League record even before kicking a ball for Manchester United.
Just a few days after he broke the world record for the most international goals by a male surpassing Iran’s Ali Daei record, Ronaldo’s famous Manchester United No. 7 jersey is now the fastest-selling shirt in Premier League history.
He surpassed the likes of Jack Grealish of Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes amongst others.
Fox reported that sales of the ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirt hit over £32.5m in the first 12 hours after they were released for sale.
A United jersey costs around £80 to £110 pounds which means that around 295,500 shirts to 406,250 shirts were sold in that period.
This also means out of the £32.5 million that have been garnered from the ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirts, Manchester United’s commission out of the £32.5 million will be £3.25 million which is 10% out of the amount, which means Manchester United has now recouped 1/4 of the £12.9 million fees the club paid Juventus to bring Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
Announcing Ronaldo’s jersey number, Manchester United had said, “We can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the iconic no.7 shirt after returning to Old Trafford.
“The Portuguese superstar famously wore the legendary shirt number during his first spell with the club and we can confirm that Cristiano will have it on his back once again. Fans can order the new Ronaldo no.7 shirts now from United Direct.
“In his first six seasons at the club, between 2003 and 2009, Ronaldo made 292 appearances and scored 118 goals, winning nine trophies including three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
“As we all know, the no.7 is a special shirt in the history of United.
“It has previously been worn by club icons like George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Now, it returns to the man who succeeded Beckham in it, Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo inherits the number from Edinson Cavani, who wore the shirt last season and in our away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.
“As our new signing is allocated no.7, El Matador will switch to no.21, the same number our prolific striker wears for the Uruguayan national team.”