SEVENTH HEAVEN Cristiano Ronaldo smashes shirt sales records in hours after Man Utd squad number was announced by club

CRISTIANO RONALDO has smashed shirt sale records after his sensational return to Manchester United.


Posted Sunday, September 05, 2021 by Thesun.co.uk

Fans queued up outside Old Trafford to get their hands on the 'Ronaldo No7' shirt - and records have already been broken before he has kicked a ball.

SEVENTH HEAVEN Cristiano Ronaldo smashes shirt sales records in hours after Man Utd squad number was announced by club
This United fan was delighted to get her hands on a new shirt Credit: Zenpix

SEVENTH HEAVEN Cristiano Ronaldo smashes shirt sales records in hours after Man Utd squad number was announced by club
Ronaldo's return to Man Utd has brought a huge buzz to the club Credit: Zenpix

In just four hours following the announcement that Ronaldo would wear the iconic shirt, United's online store surpassed the highest day of sales ever on a single sports merchandise site outside of North America.

The club's online shop is run by Fanatics, who work with more than 300 clubs around the world and top sports leagues.

The first hour of sales alone surpassed the best ever full day of global sales for United Direct, the official club merchandise site.

Across the Fanatics network, Ronaldo became the biggest selling player ever in the 24 hours following a transfer to a new club.

He overtook Lionel Messi joining PSG, Bryce Harper moving to Philadelphia Phillies in baseball, Tom Brady joining Tampa Bay Buccaneers in American football and LeBron James to LA Lakers in basketball.

But some United fans just wanted to head down to Old Trafford to hand over their cash in the official club shop.

SEVENTH HEAVEN Cristiano Ronaldo smashes shirt sales records in hours after Man Utd squad number was announced by club
Edinson Cavani agreed to let Ronaldo have his old No7 shirt back Credit: Manchester United FC

One disabled superfan even had a Ronaldo montage on the wheel of her wheelchair, beaming as she held her new shirt.

It comes as Ronny flew in by private jet for his Manchester United return — and set up home in a stunning multi- million pound mansion.

SEVENTH HEAVEN Cristiano Ronaldo smashes shirt sales records in hours after Man Utd squad number was announced by club
Online shirt sales for Ronaldo No7 are the highest outside North America for the Fanatics-managed megastores Credit: Zenpix

The Portuguese superstar’s plane touched down at the city’s airport at 5.40pm on Thursday after travelling from Faro.

SunSport exclusively revealed that he was met on the runway by United officials and a security team and whisked away to a seven- bedroom countryside hideaway.

The luxury property boasts a high-tech fitness complex complete with pool and jacuzzi — allowing Ronaldo to work on his fitness ahead of his Old Trafford homecoming next Saturday against Newcastle United.

A six-strong security team has accompanied him and is patrolling the property, which the club has rented after they pulled off his stunning £12.85million transfer.

Ronaldo, 36, will spend five days in quarantine before going to United’s Carrington training ground to meet his new team-mates on Wednesday.



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