Wednesday 21 November 2012
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken of his pride at being the player who has sold the most replica shirts in the Barclays Premier League, while admitting that he once owned a goalkeeper’s shirt in his youth.
Sporting iD, which since 1993 has developed the technology behind the official players’ and replica products of the Barclays Premier League, found out which players were the most popular through global sales data calculated by the number of player names sold for application to official replica shirts worldwide.
It found that Rooney’s No 10 shirt at United, which he took in 2007, was the biggest-selling.
“It’s a great feeling and something I’m proud of,” said Rooney in an exclusive video for premierleague.com.
Rooney sees the success of his shirt sales as being aligned to that of United which, he says, “has gone absolutely massive” and the growth of the Barclays Premier League globally and through television.
“Other teams are going big as well now, progressing to that worldwide status [United enjoy],” he added.
Last season, the Barclays Premier League was televised by more than 80 broadcasters, with more than 217,000 hours of coverage, to 720 million homes in 212 territories.
Rooney took the No 10 shirt at Old Trafford when it was vacated by Ruud van Nistelrooy because it is the fabled number of players such as Denis Law, Pele and Diego Maradona. But the England forward also revealed that of the kits he has owned, other numbers and players have featured.
“I had a few,” said Rooney. “Shearer on a Newcastle shirt, Duncan Ferguson. I actually had a Neville Southall goalie kit.”
To watch the video with Rooney, click here.