I'm sure it is a myth in regards of Ronaldo paying back the £80 million in shirt sales but if one considers the cost of production versus how much the retail is then I think it's logical to assume there's huge profit there and a large slice goes directly to the club and some to the player. I'm happy to be proved wrong.
And that goes double for what I'm about to say, as this is really just a gut feeling that I can't support with numbers, but I strongly suspect that Man U's massive revenue over the last twenty years has had more to do with the success Fergie has brought them than anything else. I really do find it very surprising how low is salary is comparatively. And yes, it may well be supplemented with bonuses but still, I'm sure everyone else gets those also.I actually entirely agree that Fergie doesn't get paid enough for his contribution but his longevity has seen him be paid a very handsome sum, even if he's probably wasted it all on the horses and cheap wine. Not that means he doesn't deserve parity either. Saying that, presumably one pays a larger rate to protect the employment of that person as the manager, yet Fergie is never going to manage another club so you don't have to worry about another club coming in and tapping him up.
You are a factory of sadness.