Man Utd fans snap up Ronaldo shirts at Old Trafford
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Manchester United owners the Glazers were, initially, wary of going after Cristiano Ronaldo. But they’ll now be laughing all the way to the bank, with the Portugal international’s return to the club seeing a huge surge in profits. The 36-year-old could make his debut against Newcastle on Saturday and is set to start training with his new team-mates this week.
Ronaldo had originally looked destined to join Manchester City towards the end of the transfer window.
But the Glazers, initially cautious, then decided to bite the bullet and bring the Portugal international back to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo is a good option for United on the field, obviously, as one of the best players in world football.
But he’s also made a big impact off the pitch, too, with the Daily Mail providing the details.
It’s stated Fanatics, the club’s retail partner, confirmed to the publication that shirt sales in the wake of the news Ronaldo would wear No 7 were the highest for a day on a single sports merchandise site outside North America.
It’s also said that the first hour alone bettered the best ever full day of global sales for United Direct.
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And, at Old Trafford on Friday, people were queuing throughout the day from the moment their megastore opened at 10am.
Season tickets had already been sold out.
But it’s now stated hospitality has, too, meaning fans who don’t already have tickets for matches this season face a big fight to get their hands on them.
It’s the Glazers who will now be profiting, as well as the club.
And supporters will hope they re-use the money, perhaps on a central midfielder, when the transfer window reopens in January.
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Ronaldo wasn’t the only player United signed this summer.
Tom Heaton was the first star to arrive, with the goalkeeper arriving on a free transfer to challenge David De Gea and Dean Henderson for a starting berth.
Jadon Sancho then followed, touching down from Borussia Dortmund in a huge £73million deal.
And, after that, Raphael Varane arrived from Real Madrid.
Speaking after his return to United, meanwhile, Ronaldo opened up on the big role Sir Alex Ferguson has played throughout his career.
“As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key,” he said.
“I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon.
“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football for me. He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.
“I really like him a lot and he was the main key for me to be in the position that I am, that I signed for Manchester United.”
Ronaldo also claims he’s had a ‘chat’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who he’ll now be playing under.
“Well, we had a chat,” he said.
“But of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects.
“As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants.
“So I’m available for everything.”
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