A Bola reports that Real Madrid claim to have already covered the £80million cost of buying Cristiano Ronaldo by selling 1.2 million shirts bearing his name in the city of Madrid alone.
Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Luis Figo, and Brazil’s Ronaldo didn’t even reach those figures in their first year at Real Madrid. It is believed that the CR9 shirt is the fans’ favorite and that people from around the world flood the official Real Madrid store on a regular basis to pick up a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey.
The Madrid management estimate that they have sold over 1.2 million shirts solely in the Spanish capital. Multiplying that figure by the going rate for a shirt of €85 pushes earnings over €100m.
Manchester United are thought to have sold fewer than 1.2million Michael Owen shirts this season.