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24th Jul 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo sees shirt sales record broken by former teammate Paulo Dybala

Daniel Brown

Dybala signed for Roma from Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly lost his hold on the record for most shirts sold in Italy in a single day, with one of his former teammates overtaking him.

The Portuguese international set a new record after signing for Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 in a £100million move.

However, as reported by Corriere dello Sport, Ronaldo’s former teammate Paulo Dybala – who secured a move AS Roma earlier this week – has since broken the record for the most shirts sold in Italy in a single day.

Dybala left Juventus at the end of the season, with the Argentine having played alongside Ronaldo for three years in Turin.

It was thought that the 28-year-old was set for a move to either Inter Milan or AC Milan, however, after negotiations failed to materialise, Roma offered him a contract – with the forward signing a three-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

His arrival in Rome has gone down well with supporters, with fans flocking to buy a shirt with Dybala’s name on the back. His shirt has been that popular that the sales has broken Ronaldo’s record.

While the report does not mention any official figures in terms of shirts sold, the measurements are based on how many respective kits each club sold the day after the announcement of either player.

Dybala offered Totti’s iconic number 10 shirt

The Argentine was reportedly offered Francesco Totti’s iconic number 10 shirt on arrival, however, he instead opted to go for number 21, a shirt he wears for the Argentine national team.

“I spoke to the general manager and he asked if I wanted to take number 10, which of course is so significant here because of everything Francesco Totti did. I think that shirt and that number should remain his because of what he means to the city and the fans,” he said.

“I thanked him because wearing a shirt like that requires a lot of respect and responsibility. I still see it as his shirt. Maybe I’ll wear it one day but for now I’m happy to have number 21, which is the number I wore when I first started to be successful. Hopefully I’ll now start being successful here too.”

Despite struggling with injuries last season, Dybala still scored 10 goals to help Juventus finish in the top four of Serie A.

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