The Premier League is the top European league when it comes to jersey sales. And increasingly sales of customized jerseys are topping the table as the most desired jerseys. Soccer365 takes a look at the top selling customized jerseys based on World Soccer Shop’s August sales.
10. Harry Kane – Tottenham – Harry Kane won the 2015/16 Premier League Golden Boot and that momentum helped spur on jersey sales for the forward. It also has helped that Tottenham qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage and will be playing in front of large crowds at Wembley this fall.
9. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – Sergio Aguero won the 2014/15 Premier League Golden Boot and was runner-up last season. The Argentinean hit-man is the key to the Citizens attack and if Pep Guardiola is to hope for silverware in his inaugural season with the club their #10 needs to be firing on all cylinders.
8. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – Despite being challenged for his place in the starting XI and for the captain’s armband, Wayne Rooney is still player most associated with the Red Devils. The forward is poised to set the all-time scoring record for Manchester United this season (he is currently 3 goals behind legend Bobby Charlton for the record) and the team is eager to once again challenge at the top of the table with Jose Mourinho at the helm.
7. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – Manchester City have talent all over the field and one dangerous for his creative ability as well as lethal finishing is Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgium international may not be the most high-profile but fans understand his importance to Pep Guardiola’s set-up.
6. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool’s best players last season with several highlight reel goals on the campaign. With Jurgen Klopp in his first full season with Liverpool, fans are eager to see the side transformed into a title contender and they understand Coutinho is part of that solution.
5. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – The Arsenal front office is working to finalize a new contract for Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners most lethal finisher, and fans know the importance of the Chilean international. The surge in sales is also due to a new look for Sanchez. During the off-season, Sanchez switched from #17, which he has worn since moving from Barcelona in 2014, to #7 that was worn by former player Tomas Rosicky.
4. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – Chelsea fans waited all last season for the real Eden Hazard to step on the pitch but he never arrived at Stamford Bridge (or any of the away grounds for that matter). But Blues faithful are standing behind the Belgium international knowing the midfielder is a key if they are to reverse the disappointing finish last season.
3. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – The biggest surprise on this month’s list is Mesut Ozil coming in at #3. But much like his play on the field it is just about getting the job done which the quiet Arsenal midfielder does better than any other player in the Premier League. The German midfielder will be a key if the Gunners expect to improve on their runners-up finish last season.
2. Paul Pogba – Manchester United – Paul Pogba’s world record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United was enough to push the Frenchman to the second spot on this month’s list. The signing of Pogba along with other key off-season acquisitions (see #1) and Jose Mourinho taking over as manager have fans eager to support the team
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United – Before he even pulled on a jersey, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was making waves after signing with Manchester United. He teased his move to the Stadium of Light on social media and then was reported (although incorrectly) as saying, ‘I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester’ in response to Eric Cantona’s, Manchester United legend, statement to Zlatan, ‘There can only be one king in Manchester. You can be the prince if you want to. And the number 7 is yours if you are interested.’ What more do you need to sell 1,000’s of jerseys! It doesn’t hurt that the Swede has scored goals in 3 of the first 4 matches of the season and is tied on top of the Golden Boot table with 4 goals.
But it is not just these players finding success on and off the field. Other players from the top clubs are doing their part to get fans excited with an official team jersey. We take a look at the top player names making it on jerseys for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham
- Emre Can
- De Bruyne
- Toure Yaya
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