Yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Old Trafford when Manchester United went up against Newcastle. It was pretty great. He kicked 2 goals. The Reds pulled off a 4-1 victory and thousands of fans cheered to welcome their golden boy home. Many of whom, were already wearing the famed Manchester United Ronaldo jersey on their shoulders.
According to metrics analyzed by LoveTheSales, the Portuguese football legend’s recent Man United jersey sold so many units that it already set an all-time record in mere days. This record was previously held by CR7 after his move to Juventus but was recently snatched up by Lionel Messi from his blockbuster PSG move.
The going rate for these red T-shirts is between $48 and $208 on Man United’s web store. Since the announcement of his arrival, they have eclipsed £187 million (AU$352 million) in sales. Some estimates suggest that within the first 12 hours of the kits going on sale, they had already raked in £32.5 million (AU$61 million).
It is important to note that these numbers are not widely verified. These are estimations put forward by LoveTheSales from “tracking sales… across online retailers,” according to co-founder Stuart McClure. It is far from a perfect science, but it does offer some sense of scope to CR7’s international appeal.
According to the site, Ronaldo’s “7” jerseys have doubled the figures of Messi’s “30” and earned him the title of fastest-selling gear in Premier League history. Nearly a quarter of official United gear peddlers have had their supplies completely drained.
It is safe to say that striker Edinson Cavani, the man previously donning No 7 for United, was not putting up anything close to these numbers. This digit has been adorned by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham at the club over the years, as well as become a staple in Ronaldo’s personal ‘CR7’ brand. Cavani
was bullied into graciously agreed to the swap.
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