Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional when it comes to breaking records and amid becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football earlier this week, the 36-year-old has now broken another record after signing for Manchester United.
A late second-half brace against Ireland earlier this week saw him surpass Ali Daei’s previous mark of 109 goals and now, he has broken a record in shirt sales. The buzz around Ronaldo’s return to the club is there for everyone to see and supporters were seen queueing outside the Old Trafford megastore after his shirt number was confirmed.
Manchester United now holds the record for the highest day of online sales ever on a single sports merchandise site outside of North America, according to The Mirror.
Furthermore, the first hour of sales following the announcement of Ronaldo’s shirt number was United Direct’s best ever full day of global sales. United Direct, the club’s official merchandise site, is powered by Fanatics.
Ronaldo’s most recent feat, this time off the pitch, saw him overtake sales revolving around Lionel Messi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer and Tom Brady’s move to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are also owned by the Glazer family.