The Ronaldo Effect! Manchester United are facing a huge shortage of replica shirts with fans rushing to grab kits after the sensational return of the Portuguese star and Adidas battling Covid-affected delays
- There have been high demands on Man United kits since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return
- Adidas already faced delays due to factory closures in Vietnam
- United are now facing a massive shortage of replica shirts to sell because of the situation
- Portuguese star Ronaldo will regain iconic number 7 shirt, club confirmed
Manchester United are struggling with a shortage of replica shirts to sell, and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has created overwhelming demand.
United’s apparel supplier, Adidas, is already facing significant production delays due to the closure of factories in Vietnam, which typically accounts for 28 percent of the sportswear giant’s production.
There is already a potential four-month backlog, but the situation has been compounded by Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man United has sparked huge demand for replica kits
A long-sleeved shirt bearing Ronaldo’s name and shirt has sold out in a number of sizes on United’s website, while it says shipping may be delayed until November 3.
The signing of Ronaldo, who will reclaim his iconic number 7 shirt, has sparked a huge buzz around United and has subsequently led to a rush to buy kits.
An Adidas spokesperson told The Independent: “We are working with MUFC to try to meet the exceptionally high fan demand for our new designs, but expect low availability of certain products.”
United’s website states that some shirts with Ronaldo’s name and number on the back may not ship until November.
United confirmed earlier this week that Ronaldo will reclaim the iconic No. 7 jersey
Ronaldo will join his new team-mates ahead of schedule after being released from Portugal after being suspended for celebrating his winner against Ireland
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been given the chance to connect with his new United team-mates earlier than expected after Portugal sacked him from the national team after receiving a one-match suspension in their 2-1 win at the World Cup qualifier over the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old headed two late goals to break the men’s international scoring record and give Portugal a dramatic victory. But he was cautioned for taking off his shirt while celebrating the winner, preventing him from traveling to Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
The Portuguese captain will also miss Saturday’s friendly against World Cup host Qatar in Hungary.
His release will allow him to travel to England ahead of schedule, giving him time to quarantine before he can start training with Manchester United ahead of a possible second ‘debut’ at home to Newcastle United on September 11.
The 36-year-old scored two late headers to win the match and is now the all-time highest international scorer in the men’s game