On Saturday 11th September, Old Trafford saw the return of one of its golden boys, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar re-joined the Red Devils from Juventus on the last day of the summer transfer window in a deal worth an initial £13m with up to £8m in add-ons. After 12 years away to Real Madrid and Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United for the twilight of his career.
With the Premier League now allowing club sides to fill their stadiums, Old Trafford was absolutely buzzing with the 76,000 capacity of the stadium filled up. However, to get in the stadium involved a lot of struggle, exorbitant payment and even ticket racketeering. In a bid to see Cristiano Ronaldo make his second debut for United, many fans purchased tickets through illegal means and at high prices.
From the start, the Manchester United ticket office raised the price of the tickets for Saturday's game against Newcastle United y more than 100%. the average price for an Old Trafford ticket is about £125 - £150 but on Saturday's occasion, the Red Devils sold the tickets for up to £322. This more than doubled the price of the tickets but fans still bought them regardless.
As thousands lined outside hoping to see Cristiano Ronaldo make his debut, some others were selling tickets to fans at exorbitant prices. With the official ticket sales offer over, vendors were offering fans tickets within the range of £600 - £1300. This price is an almost 1000% increment from the original price of a ticket. However, fans still bought the tickets through the racketeers.