Foster gobsmacked at figures behind Ronaldo’s giveaways throughout career
Ben Foster has been left gobsmacked by the generosity of former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Taking to his YouTube channel on Thursday, the Watford keeper provided a rough calculation of how much money the Portuguese superstar has forked out on replacement shirts throughout his illustrious career.
The 38-year-old shot-stopper, who played alongside Ronaldo between 2007 and 2009 during his first stint at Old Trafford, revealed professional footballers are required to foot the bill when replacing kit.
Renowned for giving away his match-worn shirts after games, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo has stumped up a staggering amount of money to cover the costs of his generosity, according to Foster's rough estimates.
"Right guys, Cristiano Ronaldo gives his shirt away pretty much every single game, but what you don't know, is us footballers actually have to pay for every single shirt we give away," Foster told his Cycling GK YouTube channel.
"Now don't get me wrong, this is not going to touch the sides of Cristiano's bank balance, however, let's go through the maths of how many shirts this guy has given away.
"So, he's played 1,100 games in his career and you get two shirts per game.
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"I'm not saying he gives every shirt away every single game but, in those 1,100 games, you would like to think he's given one away every single game, pretty much, give or take one or two.
"So, we'll start with that figure: 1,100 games. If you look at the price of what these shirts cost nowadays, the current home Man Utd shirt costs £100.
"Don't get me wrong, back in the day, they were a little bit cheaper, £50 or £60. So, let's work on they cost on average £70."
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A gobsmacked Foster then revealed: "1,100 shirts times £70 is £77,000. Whaaaaat?"
While the figure may seem extortionate to us mere mortals, the pay-out will have barely scratched the surface of Ronaldo's incredible incomings.
Following the completion of his sensational return to United in the summer, CR7 reportedly rakes in a cool £385,000 per week, making him the sixth highest-paid footballer on the planet.
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