Which players have sold the most shirts in MLS?
You may have guessed that Messi is top of the pile, but who else makes up the list of the most popular players in the league?
Messimania is still in full swing all across the USA: ever since the arrival of the World Cup winner, the expectation of Inter Miami has shot through the roof, both in terms of football matters and off-field duties, with the impact of the star perfectly measured in terms of the popularity of the merchandise sold by the club.
On Friday the list of the top-selling football shirts in the league was made public, with no prizes given out for who got top of that table: Messi was number one in terms of soccer jerseys sold in 2023, and if he manages to make the playoffs starting with a win against New York City FC, I’d say he’s guaranteed to keep that number rising.
What is the most popular team in MLS?
Interestingly, within the top 10 there are three players who play for Seattle Sounders, who have the highest number of representatives in the list. After that, it’s St. Louis City with two, who leave clubs like Nashville, Austin, LAFC and Atlanta United behind, who all have a single player representing them in terms of shirt sales.
In total there are 13 countries represented in the top 25 shirts sold, with the US internationals the most common, followed by Argentina, Spain and Mexico.
Top 25 highest selling shirts in MLS 2023:
|1||Lionel Messi||Inter Miami|
|2||João Klauss||St. Louis City|
|3||Hany Mukhtar||Nashville SC|
|4||Sebastián Driussi||Austin FC|
|6||Jordan Morris||Seattle Sounders|
|7||Raúl Ruidiaz||Seattle Sounders|
|8||Thiago Almdada||Atlanta United|
|9||Eduard Lowen||St. Louis City|
|10||Cristian Roldán||Seattle Sounders|
|11||Walker Zimmerman||Nashville SC|
|12||Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández||LA Galaxy|
|13||Sergio Busquets||Inter Miami|
|14||Tim Parker||St. Louis City|
|15||Riqui Puig||LA Galaxy|
|16||Brandon Vázquez||Cincinnati FC|
|17||Karol Swiderski||Charlotte FC|
|19||Diego Chará||Portland Timbers|
|21||Josef Martínez||Inter Miami|
|22||Carles Gil||New England Revolution|
|23||Daniel Gazdag||Philadelphia Union|
|24||Enzo Copetti||Charlotte FC|
|25||Xherdan Shaqiri||Chicago Fire|