In a report appearing on the official Barclays Premier League website, it was announced that in the 20 years of Premier League football, the most popular player name printed on football shirts has been that of Wayne Rooney by a large margin. The shirts with Rooney printing started being produced in 2002 when the English forward made his debut with Everton, but their demand soared when he moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2004, and when Ruud van Nistelrooy vacated the number 10 jersey in 2007.
The data regarding shirt sales comes from Sporting iD, which has developed the technology behind the replica shirts of the Premier League since 1993. Rooney’s name came ahead of those of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres (counting also when he was at Liverpool), ex-Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. The market for the Premier League shirts has been expanding year after year, with the demand for shirt printing following suit. The popularity of Wayne Rooney is showing no signs of diminishing as the player is breaking record after record to write his name in the all-time stars list of Manchester United.
Posted on April 30, 2012