Ronaldo hails ‘magic number 7’ as Manchester United smash shirt sales record in 4 hours
This comes as Cristiano Ronaldo broke the Red Devils’ daily shirt sale record in less than four hours, after it was confirmed that fellow geriatric Edinson Cavani had agreed to give up the No. 7 jersey for the Portuguese superstar.
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United's official retail partner, Fanatics, confirmed the shirt sales hit record figures, with the first hour alone bettering the best full day of global sales for the club's online store.
Ronaldo also became the biggest-selling player in the 24 hours following a transfer to a new club – leading Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, Tom Brady’s move to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and LeBron James’ move to LA Lakers.
Ronaldo has worn the No. 7 jersey for almost all of his career, including during his first stint at United. And the 36-year-old could hardly contain his excitement at being able to wear the number again has he posted on Instagram a picture of himself wearing the No. 7 jersey with the caption: “7 is the magic number.”
To make certain that the pants of every United fan would be drenched in suspiciously sticky fluid, Ronaldo added in the picture the words: “I'm back where I belong. My never-ending love.”
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The impact of Ronaldo is so huge that even Chelsea’ Romelu Lukaku – arguably one of the best strikers in the world at the moment – felt paiseh (shy) at being compared to the former Real Madrid player.
Like Ronaldo, Lukaku also made a big-money move this summer, as he signed for his former club Chelsea in a £97.5m (S$183m) deal.
“Don't ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never,” Lukaku declared in front of a room full of journalists who didn’t want to break his heart by telling him that nobody even thought of doing so in the first place.
Lukaku added: “Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football. I'm not going to rank him from first to third but he's in there. What he has achieved in football today for players of my generation is something exceptional.
“I was lucky enough to play against him in Italy and now that he's back in the Premier League, it's all good for English football. As for the rest, comparing statistics and all that, it's useless.”
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Ronaldo, who recently broke the men's international scoring record after scoring his 111th goal for Portugal, is expected to feature in United’s next game against Newcastle United this Saturday evening (SGT).