Man Utd wont recoup Cristiano Ronaldo transfer fee through shirt sales

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Manchester United shirts with Cristiano Ronaldo's name and number on are due to go on sale as soon as his squad number is confirmed – but the club will have to sell millions if they are to recoup his transfer fee.

The Red Devils confirmed the signing of the Portuguese legend on Transfer Deadline Day with United paying five instalments of £2.5 million to bring the former Juventus man home to Manchester.

The 36-year-old has penned a two-year deal and is available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for selection once he returns from international duty.

As a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, fans are already excited about purchasing a United shirt with his name and number on the back.

Some supporters have already bought a new jersey with just his name set on the back while they wait for confirmation of his squad number.

But one misconception regarding Ronaldo's return is that Man Utd will earn back his transfer fee through shirt sales.

The Manchester Evening News rebukes that claim alleging United will only receive a maximum of £5 for every shirt that is sold.

This means the club would need to sell precisely 2,580,000 shirts to fund the entirety of his fee — yes, nothing is impossible, but that seems a very, very big ask.

It's well-documented which number Ronaldo would like.

Should the Premier League allow Ronaldo to have the number seven shirt? Let us know in the comments section.

The two have become inseparable: CR7.

But with that number already occupied by Edinson Cavani, Manchester United are having to apply to the Premier League for special dispensation.

Under current rules, M.4 states: "While he remains with the club a player will retain his shirt number throughout the season for which it was allocated."

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