Rooney, Hazard and Sanchez make the top 10 – but what is the most popular Premier League shirt name?
Published 20/05/2015 | 15:46
A recent poll from Sports Direct has shown who is the most popular Premier League player from a jersey sales point of view, and the winner is somewhat of a surprise.
While he has failed to live up to expectations thuds far since his £59m summer move from Real Madrid, Angel Di Maria, by some distance is the most popular choice among supporters in the UK.
The list is dominated by attacking players, with Luke Shaw the most popular defender, though the £30m full-back is down at number 38.
Some of the biggest surprises came from the players out of the top 10, as Ayoze Perez was 11th most popular player according to our sales data, beating the likes of Harry Kane, Cesc Farbregas, Oscar, Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling.
Here is the top 10.
1. Angel Di Maria (Manchester United)
After breaking the British transfer record in the summer, Di Maria has struggled badly to replicate his Real Madrid form, but by some distance is the most popular premier League shirt choice.
An incredible 9.59 pc of Premier league shirt sales can be accounted for the Argentinian, almost the same as the rest of the top five combined.
2. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The Chilean accounted for 3.8pc of Premier League shirt sales and has been a huge success story for the Gunners with his goal scoring record, unselfish play and incredible work ethic.
3. Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Injuries aside, the former Atletico Madrid striker has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. The £32m price tag has not weighed heavily on his shoulders.
4. David De Gea (Manchester United)
The Spanish goalkeeper may be leaving for his native Madrid this summer, but has had another stellar season for the Red Devils. Would be a huge loss for Louis van Gaal's side.
5. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The PFA Player of the Year accounted for 2.1 pc of all Premier League shirt sales, a figure likely to rise for next year given his displays during the title-winning season.
6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
The club captain is a mainstay on the list and narrowly misses out on the top five.
7. Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
The Colombian has not had the desired impact at United and is unlikely to stay beyond his loan deal this summer. However, expectations were high at the start of the season, reflected in the popularity among supporters and their jersey choices.
8. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
The departing Reds captain has featured on this list regularly, though this is likely to be the final farewell. Among all the rest. Claimed 1.76 pc of all PL shirt sales this season
9. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The Premier League's top striker continues to be a hit with fans.
10. Robin van Persie (Manchester united)
The Dutch striker was further up the list last year but has endured a difficult campaign at old Trafford with doubts surrounding his future. Still accounted for 1.2pc of shirt sales.