Cristiano Ronaldo breaks record as shirt sales reach £187million. Lionel Messi PSG shirt sales isn’t close

Cristiano Ronaldo has nearly doubled Lionel Messi’s PSG shirt sales ahead of his Manchester United debut on Saturday.

Messi left Barcelona on a free to join Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window while Ronaldo returned home to Manchester United from Juventus for just £12.9m.

According to research from Lovethesales.com, Ronaldo has the fastest-selling shirt in Premier League history, with shirt sales reaching a record £187 million.

In comparison, Messi’s shirt sales at Paris Saint-Germain have hit £103.8 million.

Manchester United have earned a commission of £13.1million from Adidas for Ronaldo’s shirt sales while PSG have earned £7.3million from Nike for Messi’s shirt sales.

Stuart McClure, co-founder of shopping marketplace LovetheSales.com, said: “We are tracking record breaking sales of ‘Ronaldo 7’ kits across online retailers, to the point where demand is now outweighing supply.

“Online searches for the ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirt have increased by over 600 per cent, compared to last summer.

“This is proving to be the signing of the summer for Manchester United. “