Which Club Sold the Most Jerseys in 2021? Not Manchester United or PSG

Published 01/30/2022, 3:27 PM EST
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on July 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, and FC Barcelona are a few of the biggest clubs in the world, with the biggest social media presence among all clubs. However, does this social media presence directly translate to kit sales?

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An infographic posted on Instagram by FTBL answers that question. They posted a list of clubs that sold the most kits in 2021 among the top five leagues, and the stats surprised everyone. FC Bayern Munich was the club that sold the highest amount of kits with 3 million units sold.

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The clubs that feature on the list, and those who don’t

Spanish club Real Madrid was second on the list, followed by Liverpool in third place and Manchester United fourth. The stat was all the more surprising as neither United nor PSG was in first place despite the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi respectively.

PSG was sitting as low as the ninth place on the list, below the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, and Juventus. Barcelona and Manchester City (in last place) finished in the top ten. Surprisingly, both the North London clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, did not feature in the list.

The absence of Serie A clubs like Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Napoli wasn’t surprising, but it was a fall from grace from the days of yore when Serie A was one of the best leagues in the world.

 

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Manchester United and PSG: Their season after signing the GOATs

United and PSG have had contrasting starts to their season. PSG are topping the table in Ligue 1, and have a lead of 11 points over OGC Nice in second place. Meanwhile, United are barely fourth in the Premier League and will have to try their best to hold on.

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However, both the clubs have progressed to the knockout stages of the UCL. PSG face Real Madrid in the round-of-16 and United will go up against Atletico Madrid. Messi has a fantastic record when he has played against Madrid, and Ronaldo has absolutely decimated Atletico Madrid in the UCL. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how these matches will go in the coming days.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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