Leo Messi's Barcelona Shirt Is the Most Sold Worldwide, Cristiano Ronaldo 2nd

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

World Soccer Shop (via Sport) has completed a study of the most popular football shirts around the globe, and, not surprisingly, the same old rivalry tops the list.

Like he did in the Ballon d'Or ceremony earlier this month, Barcelona's Lionel Messi beat rival Cristiano Ronaldo (second) and club team-mate Neymar (third) to be named the most popular football shirt on the planet.

The trio are the only Spanish-based players in the top 10, however, with a host of Premier League stars joining LA Galaxy's Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain in the list.

But it's Messi, whose popularity extends well beyond this survey, who tops the pile thanks to his exploits with Argentina and the treble-winning Barcelona over the past year.

Top 10 Bestselling Football Shirts in 2015 (World Soccer Shop):

  1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  3. Neymar (Barcelona)
  4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
  5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
  6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)
  7. Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy)
  8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
  9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
  10. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

[Sport]

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