Manchester United have announced a five-year shirt sponsorship deal with technology company TeamViewer, with the Red Devils set to pocket a whopping £235m – £47m per annum.
TeamViewer become just the sixth shirt sponsor Manchester United have ever had and will take over from current sponsors Chevrolet at the start of the 2021/22 campaign,
The club took to their official website to confirm the news, with managing director Richard Arnold taking the opportunity to express his delight at the partnership.
“We are tremendously proud to be establishing this partnership with one of the most exciting and dynamic global software companies,” the statement read.
“The ability to connect and collaborate has never been more important to the world and our community of 1.1billion fans and followers. We are looking forward to working with TeamViewer to bring to life our vision for a partnership built on smarter ways of connecting people and businesses.”
TeamViewer’s chief executive officer Oliver Steil also took the opportunity to express his hopes for the years ahead, adding: “With Manchester United and TeamViewer, two global winning teams join forces: Together as Team United we can bring the fan experience in the legendary Theatre of Dreams to a new level.
“We are extremely proud Manchester United picked us as partner in their ongoing technology journey.”
The deal will see United sponsored by TeamViewer up until the 2025/26 season, with the club’s £47m per year earnings putting them on par with Barcelona in terms of shirt sponsorship revenue. The Catalan giants are sponsored by electronic giants Rakuten, and they too trouser €55m (the equivalent of £47m) per season.
TeamViewer will only sponsor the club’s matchday shirts, leaving United free to search for a new training kit sponsor.
Questions have already been raised as to how the partnership will look against United’s red shirts, with TeamViewer’s blue and white logo doing little to inspire fans. However, it’s understood that the image set to appear on the front of United’s kits won’t include the usual blue and will be just a plain white TeamViewer logo.