Premier League giants Manchester United could earn money from the sale Cristiano Ronaldo – even if they are outbid for the Real Madrid superstar.Never mind the massive profits they would rake in off shirt and ticket sales if he returned to Old Trafford, governing body Fifa’s ‘solidarity mechanism’ means that United will earn 2.5 per cent of his transfer fee if he ends up being sold elsewhere, according to SunSports.If Paris Saint-Germain or one of the Chinese Super League sides gazump United for the unsettled Real Madrid man then they could land a tidy windfall.As the world’s most marketable athlete, a hero’s return by the Ballon d’Or holder would swell United’s already-brimming coffers.That’s despite a world record fee being needed to bring him back and Ronaldo getting a world record wage packet. But even if Manchester United miss out on a dream reunion and Ronaldo is still sold, the club can expect some cash. Article 21 of the Regulations in the Status and Transfer of Players is the ‘Solidarity Mechanism’ – which rewards clubs who have trained a young player that goes on to make big moves. Clubs who had a part in training players up to the age of 23 can expect cash back.
So Manchester United, Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon and Nacional, a club on the island of Madeira, can all expect a slice of his next fee. Five per cent of the total fee is allocated to clubs.Manchester United would take half of that five per cent (2.5 per cent of the value of the transfer), Sporting, 45 per cent (2.25 per cent) and the National the remaining 5 per cent (0.25 per cent).The £122MILLION that PSG are willing to offer Ronaldo will see United net a tidy £3m (a full breakdown of figures is at the bottom of the page).Photo credit: @thesun.co.uk