By Paul Kennedy
Who's the most popular player in the English Premier League? If you go by the number of shirts he sells, Dutchman Robin Van Persie tops the list.
In the kitbag.com ranking of the best-selling jerseys, Van Persie's Manchester United jersey was the top seller globally, beating out jerseys of three other United players.
That should come as no surprise, given the worldwide reach of Manchester United, the reigning EPL champion.
Van Persie's Manchester United jersey, moreover, was the most-sold jersey in England by a wide margin, cornering 25.4 percent of the market for EPL jersey sales -- three times more than theSteven Gerrard, who was No. 2 on the list, and more than the next four players combined.
Global top-selling EPL jerseys (2012-13):
1. Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
2. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
3. Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United)
4. Sergio Aguero(Manchester City)
5. Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
7. Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
8. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
10. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
PELE JOINS SUBWAY 'FAMOUS FAN' STABLE.Pele will be a global brand ambassador for the restaurant chain Subway, joining such athletes as swimmer Michael Phelps, gymnast Nastia Liukin and baseball playerRyan Howard as Subway “Famous Fans.”
Most might think of Subway as a local sandwich shop, but it has 39,736 restaurants in 102 countries.
Mediapost reported that Pele will likely appear in marketing campaigns over multiple markets.
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