HomeRecent Number Plate NewsRussell wants £150K from ace for CR7 reg Number Plates January 22, 2009 Recent Number Plate News ACANNY businessman is out to treble his money — after snapping up Cristiano Ronaldo’s ideal car number plate. Man United’s Portuguese ace actually made a bid for the registration CR7, which combines his initials and shirt number. But the deal collapsed — so property developer Russell Baldwin, 49, stepped in to buy it for £50,000. Ronaldo, 23, had planned to fit the plate to his £140,000 silver Bentley convertible — but Russell has now put it on a 1996 Ford Escort worth £300. The dad of three reckons wealthy Man United fans would pay £150,000 for the plate — but he’d rather sell it to the player. He said: “I put the plate on the Escort for a laugh, then sent a pic to Ronaldo. I hope he gets in touch, I’d love to sell it to him. My boys are Man United mad — they’d be made-up if he came on the phone.” Russell, of Beaconsfield, Bucks, had gone to buy other plates when the dealer revealed he still had CR7 after a deal with Ronaldo broke down. Russell added: “It could be an excellent bit of business — the plate dates back to 1903.” Ronaldo — who wrecked his Ferrari earlier this month — has already registered CR7 as a trademark for merchandising and a boutique in Lisbon. · DVLA chiefs expect record bids of up to £500,000 when they auction the plate 1 HRH next week Click numberplates to search for your own personlised registration. This post has been viewed: 267 times Logging In... You must be logged in to post a comment. Profile cancel You must be logged in to post a comment.