Every fan supports their team in many different ways. Some fans buy whole season tickets whereas some wake up early morning just to see their clubs play. One of the most popular and common way of showing support towards your favourite club is to buy and wear the club jersey. Wearing your club’s jersey makes you feel like joining your team for the match.
Let us look at the top 10 selling football club jerseys. These numbers of shirt sales are dependent on many factors like big transfers, star players winning league titles and European competitions.
10. Italian Seria A – AC Milan
Estimated total sales: 350,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Kaka, El – Shaarawy
The club name represents one of the finest teams of Italy in Europe. AC Milan was founded in 1899 and since then, the club’s traditional colours for their home jerseys are red and black. The away jersey is yellow and the third jersey is mostly golden with the designs changed every year.
The club jersey is manufactured by Adidas and Emirates Airlines are their sponsors. With an estimated 350,000 sales of jersey each year AC Milan is one of the top 10 jersey selling club worldwide.
AC Milan has some unique names attached to it which helps the club to makes money on shirt sales. With big names like Kaka, Stephen El- Shaarawy and Paolo Maldini attached to the club the fans usually buy their shirts.
9. Italian Seria A – Inter Milan
Estimated total sales: 425,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Zanetti and Palacio
Inter Milan are the main rivals of AC Milan and they have over taken them in jersey selling by a huge difference. The club sale of jersey last year was estimated to be around 425,000.
Inter Milan’s jersey colours land itself from the club nickname, ‘Nerazzurri’ which means black and blue. The jersey has vertical black and blue bars and the away jersey is white with blue and black in it.
Sports giants Nike manufactures the jersey and Italy based manufacturers Pirelli sponsors them.
Inter has many famous names playing for the team such as Javier Zanetti, Palacio, Nagatomo and new signing Vidic whose shirts are more preferred by fans worldwide.
8. Italian Seria A – Juventus
Estimated total sales: 480,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Pirlo, Pogba and Tevez
On number 8th we have again an Italian club, Juventus with an estimated 480,000 shirts sales annually are top selling jersey club in Italian Seria A.
Juventus home ground is Turin, Italy and was founded in 1897. Their black and white jersey colour represents their nickname, ‘Bianconari’. Their home jersey has vertical black and white bars with the away shirt in yellow colour. Juventus have a third kit which is black in colour. Nike is the kit manufacturer for them and automobile company Jeep are their sponsors.
Like city rivals AC Milan, Juventus also has many star players names like Llorente, Paul Pogba, Pirlo and Carlos Tevez. And the fans love to buy jersey with one of these names on it.
7. English Premier League – Arsenal
Estimated total sales: 800,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Ozil , Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in English Premier League. With 10 FA cups and 13 Premier league titles to their name. They are on the 7th position with an estimated 800,000 shirt sales.
Nicknamed the Gunners, Arsenal’s home kit has white sleeves with red on the rest. Their jersey manufacturers are Puma and Fly Emirates are their sponsors.
With the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, previous year the shirt sales of number 10 went high. Big names of the club like Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Wilshere also contribute a lot in the shirt sales annually.
6. English Premier League – Liverpool
Estimated total sales: 810,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Sterling, Gerrard and Sturridge
18 times Premier league winners Liverpool are on the 6th position and took one spot over Arsenal by a very small fraction.
Liverpool’s estimated shirt sales last year wear estimated to be around 810,000. With previous players Suarez and Carragher names attached to the club the shirt sales will drop a little this year. Other players like Sterling, Sturridge and Steven Gerrard names usually attract the fans to buy the club jerseys.
Liverpool’s home jersey kit is completely red with white trims on collar and shoulder and the away jersey has yellow colour. After the deal with Adidas got cancelled Liverpool kit sponsors are Warrior.
5. Bundesliga – FC Bayern Munich
Estimated total sales: 880,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Ribery, Arjen Robben,Gotze and Neu
Also known as ‘Powerhouse of Bundesliga’ Bayern Munich with their estimated 880,000 jersey sales is on the 5th position.
Bayern are one of the most successful clubs in Germany and Europe. Munich’s home jersey is red with blue vertical trims, the away kit is white with blue trims and third kit is black colour.. Adidas are the manufacturer of the jersey and Deutche Telekom their shirt sponsors.
Bayern Munich are in the middle of this list due to their amazing star players like Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Mario Gotze, Muller, Lahm and Lewandoski whose jerseys are most bought by the fans.
4. English Premier League – Chelsea
Estimated total sales: 910,000 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa
Chelsea with an estimated 910,000 shirts sales per year are on the 4th position of the list. The London based football club is one of the strongest team in the Premier league. The club has risen to glory since 2003 when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club.
Chelsea’s home kit is blue in colour and there nickname is also Blues. The away kit is yellow in colour with blue trims and third kit is black with blue design. Their kit manufacturers are Adidas and South Korean electronics manufacturer company Samsung are their kit sponsors.
New transfers Diego Costa along with many other star players like Fabregas, Courtois, Hazard, Oscar and former player Lampard contribute most in jersey sales since fans love to buy the jerseys with these names.
3. La Liga – Barcelona
Estimated total sales: 1.15 football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Suarez
Barcelona is one of the most known clubs in football world. The Catalans, also known as ‘Blaugrana’ are 26 times La Liga champions and have won Champions League 4 times.
Barcelona’s home jersey has blue and red vertical bars, the away jersey is orange in colour . Nike is the kit manufacturers and Qatar Airways are the sponsors for the Catalans.
Barcelona’s million jersey sales annually is easily understandable since they have a full packed star line-up with world class player Lionel Messi’s jerseys making the most contribution in shirt sales. Neymar and new transfer Suarez are also popular jersey names the fans love to buy.
Other players like Xavi, Busquets, Pique and Dani Alves are also popular among fans and have major contribution in shirt sales.
2. English Premier League – Manchester United
Estimated total sales: 1.4 million football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Di Maria
Manchester United undoubtedly is one of the biggest clubs in England and World. Also called as MANU they have a worldwide fan following. Manchester United is also called Red Devils, the club was founded in 1878 and Old Trafford is there home ground.
The name Manchester United is well known in every continent. And due to this massive support worldwide, they are on the second position with 1.4 million shirt sales annually.
The Red Devils’ home jersey is traditional red with black trim, the away kit is white with black on colar and the third kit is blue in colour. Sports manufacturers Nike make their kits and automobile company Chevrolet are the kit sponsors.
Manchester United’s major jersey selling players are Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata and recent transfer Di Maria.
- La Liga – Real Madrid
Estimated total sales: 1.5 million football shirts per year
Highest selling club soccer jerseys names: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale
Real Madrid tops the list with estimated 1.5 million shirts sales annually. Real Madrid is one of the most well-known clubs in the history of football.
Real Madrid is also the richest football club in the world. They are nicknamed as Los Blancos, with 32 league titles, 18 Copa Del Rey and 9 European cup/ Champions League titles, they are the most successful club in the history of football.
Real Madrid’s home colours are traditionally all white, away colours is pink and their third kit is black. Adidas are the kit manufacturers of the club and Dubai based Airline Company Fly Emirates are their kit sponsors.
Real Madrid has always attracted fans with their world class line-up of star players and owning the club jersey is a natural hobby for the fans. The club’s most selling jersey of a player is Cristiano Ronaldo. Since the arrival of the Portugal playmaker from Manchester United the shirt sales of him are gone high each year due to his wonderful achievements for the club. Apart from him the whole Los Blancos line-up is star studded such as Bale, James Rodriguez, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Pepe, Isco, Kroos and Khedira whose jerseys are also bought in majority by fans.
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