World’s most expensive racehorse cost more than double Man Utd’s Ronaldo fee

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Manchester United agreed a £20million deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo back in the summer – which isn't even half the price of the world's most expensive racehorse.

Back in 2000, global breeding farm Coolmore Stud forked out a staggering $64million (£46million) to buy popular racehorse Fusaichi Pegasus, handing original owner Fusao Sekiguchi an incredible profit.

Sekiguchi, a Japanese businessman and Thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast, had only paid $4million (£3million) for the yearling two years earlier when the groundbreaking deal came to his attention.

The inspiration behind Pegasus' name was a combination of the owner's own title, 'Fusao', and the Japanese word for one, 'ichi'.

The horse lived up to its name by winning six of his first nine races, including the 2000 Kentucky Derby, and raking in $2million (£1million) during his career.

However, despite siring Grade 1 winners Bandini, Haradasun and Roman Ruler, on the whole Pegasus failed to live up to its expectations.

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The second most expensive racehorse in history was also more expensive than Ronaldo's return transfer fee, with Newmarket-trained Shareef Dancer being syndicated for £29million in 1983 – the same year he claimed victory at the Irish Derby and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Ronaldo, 36, commanded a much smaller transfer fee than he had become accustomed to over the summer.

The Portugal superstar left United back in 2009 to seal a then-world-record £80million switch to Real Madrid, where he cemented a legacy as one of the greatest players in football history.

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The deal that took him to Juventus in 2018 was an eye-watering £100million, with the Italian club getting their hands on perhaps the best player in world football at the time.

After scoring 101 goals in 134 games for Juve he secured a return to United, where he has registered five goals in his first seven matches.

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