MANCHESTER UNITED will reportedly receive just £5 from each of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt sales following his return to the club.
The Portuguese superstar sensationally came back to Old Trafford in the final days of the transfer window, 12 years after leaving to join Real Madrid.
Ronaldo posed in a Man Utd shirt for the first time on TuesdayCredit: Getty
The club are not expected to earn much money from his shirt salesCredit: Getty
But according to the BBC, Man Utd’s shirt deal with adidas means they will only receive around £5 per shirt.
Man Utd signed a 10-year contract with adidas worth £750m back in 2014, the biggest kit deal ever seen in world football.
And while the finer details of the deal are undisclosed, it has been reported that it is ‘very unlikely’ Man Utd will see any more than 10 per cent of a shirt sale.
On the other hand, adidas could make their £750m investment back on shirt sales alone.
That’s before you even consider the exposure they are receiving from making the kit for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ronaldo will be reunited with the No7 shirt that he wore during his first spell with United.
He also wore the No7 at Juventus and for all but one of his seasons at Real Madrid.
The problem lies in the fact that Edinson Cavani currently has the shirt number, potentially preventing ‘CR7’ from getting his hands on the jersey.
If Man Utd wish to give it to Ronaldo then they will have to submit a formal request to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old Ronaldo sent out his first message to the United fans via Instagram on Tuesday.
He said: “Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United.
“The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution.
“I can’t even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide.
“It’s like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man Utd, and even as an opponent, to have always felt such love and respect from the supporters in the stands.
“This is absolutely 100 per cent the stuff that dreams are made of.
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“My first domestic league, my first cup, my first call to the Portuguese national team, my first Champions League, my first Golden Boot and my first Ballon d’Or.
“They were all born from this special connection between me and the Red Devils. History has been written in the past and history will be written once again! You have my word!
“I’m right here! I’m back where I belong! Let’s make it happen once again! PS – Sir Alex, this one is for you…”