KEY POINTS

  • Kieran Maguire feels Manchester United can cash-in on Cristiano Ronaldo through commercials
  • Maguire projects how much money Manchester United can recover with Ronaldo
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted to have the Portuguese on board

A football financial expert is certain Cristiano Ronaldo could help Manchester United recover huge sums of money.

In just a matter of days, Ronaldo made Manchester United the most talked-about team in the English Premier League once again.

The hype of Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has been doing the club good in terms of competition, but according to football finance guru Kieran Maguire, he could also be good for business as well.

In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, Maguire assessed how the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could generate tons of profits for Manchester United through commercials.

According to Maguire, based on Ronaldo’s worth these days and the buzz about his Manchester United return, he could easily secure an “extra £500,000” ($690 million) in one commercial deal.

“[Manchester United] They’re more likely to recover substantial amounts through new commercial partners,” Maguire assessed.“Partners will want players to come and be photographed next to their products. They might send Ronaldo along for an extra £500,000.”

“You only have to do that a dozen or so times and you get a substantial amount back,” he continued. “The player [Ronaldo] makes money, the club makes money, and everybody is a winner. That’s where the money tends to be recouped. It will certainly help their commercial department when they are negotiating commercial deals over the next couple of years.”

Manchester United fans will get to see Cristiano Ronaldo again in Saturday's clash with Newcastle Manchester United fans will get to see Cristiano Ronaldo again in Saturday's clash with Newcastle Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS

Indeed, the re-signing of Ronaldo is a win-win for Manchester United. Not only can he make a lot of money for the club, but the Portugal captain is also a key figure on the pitch as well.

In fact, in his second stint at Old Trafford, Ronaldo made his presence felt with a sensational brace to help Manchester United thump Newcastle 4-1.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, is already convinced that with the addition of Ronaldo, his team is up for the challenge this season.

"The aim when we go into this tournament now is to go all the way, it's gonna be difficult, it always is,” Solskjaer explained in a recent press conference. “We've added some experience, quality and youth and are better prepared this year for what is to come.”

“With players like David [de Gea], Harry [Maguire]'s had a couple of years, we're getting the spine of the team, you can see experience and quality,” he continued. “Raphael [Varane] and Cristiano [Ronaldo] add, not that last bit, but it's something extra we have to buy unless you win it four times yourself! We've definitely learned, the group is special, as a unit. They look after each other. The atmosphere is really good and that's going to stand us in good stead, definitely.”