The new season is rapidly approaching but there has been an off pitch battle taking place all year: Which player sells the most shirts?
Professional football club’s are always looking for ways to increase their income in a bid to gaining an advantage over their rivals. One tried and testing method of increasing revenue is the sale of the club’s football shirts.
So we teamed up with top sports retailer Kitbag.com to find out which players sell the most football shirts.
Top 10 Highest Selling Player Shirts
10. Steven Gerrard
Kop hero Steven Gerrard’s popularity with Liverpool fans is so great, it is no surprise he features in the top ten best selling shirts list in his final season.
Now at LA Galaxy, Liverpool will be looking for someone else to pick up the mantle of ‘fans favourite’ and to generate some commercial revenue.
9. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid for a world record fee of £85 million. Despite some rocky periods where he felt the brunt of the Madridistas, overall he has performed well and looks to be building in confidence.
Popular globally, the Welshman is one of two Real Madrid players to feature in the top ten selling shirts list.
8. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero established himself as Manchester City’s star man when he scored his last minute winner that landed City the Premier League title in 2012.
Since Nike prised the Man City shirt deal away from Umbro, their shirts have become even more appealing, helping to get Aguero on this list.
Alexis Sanchez took the Premier League by storm in his first season. His skill, enthusiasm and work rate made him an instant favourite with the Arsenal fans – who obviously chose to buy their shirt with his name emblazoned across the back.
Brazil’s main man Neymar was rumoured to have sold enough shirts to have covered his transfer fee to Barcelona from Santos some time ago.
Neymar shirts were the biggest seller during the 2014 World Cup, but this past season sales place the forward’s sales in at No.6.
5. Lionel Messi
Whilst many place Messi as the world’s most gifted footballer, he doesn’t rank top in terms of selling shirts.
Messi has never been one to self promote and limits his commercial PR activities, which may be the reason he isn’t higher on this list.
4. Eden Hazard
He was chosen as Chelsea’s Player of the Year the past two seasons and claimed the PFA Player of the Year award ahead of his peers.
He hasn’t won the award for selling the most shirts though, not even the most at Chelsea.
3. Diego Costa
Like Sanchez of Arsenal, he stormed his first season in the Premier League. The Spanish striker scored 20 goals despite having time out injured and receiving a three match ban.
His aggressive, never say die attitude has made him a favourite with The Blues and has catapulted him into the top of these charts.
2. Angel Di Maria
He was British football’s most expensive signing, a World Cup finalist and regarded as one of the best players in the world. Despite failing miserably on the pitch, the fact that he was Manchester United’s star signing and that he wore the iconic No.7 shirt before signing for PSG, goes some way to explaining why the Argentine is just short of topping the best selling shirts list.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Some question whether Ronaldo is the best footballer on the planet, but nobody can question his commercial prowess.
A look at Ronaldo’s social media accounts shows that he is undoubtedly the most popular footballer on the planet, clearly many of those followers also buy his shirt.
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