The crazy money behind football strips

Which players have the most sought after names?

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The crazy money behind soccer strips

In 2016 Manchester United will receive $79 million for Chevrolet having its name on the Red Devils team shirt. Chelsea, meanwhile, will get $60 million from Yokohoma tyres and FC Barcelona $38 million from Qatar Airways.

These multi-million deals equal multi million shirt sales. Barcelona sells a staggering 1.15 million football shirts every year while Manchester United and Real Madrid share the top spot with 1.4 million shirt sales each annually.

At an average price of $96 per shirt the earnings are a stratospheric average of $136 million for the top clubs.

Last year Sky Sports reported on which players' shirts fans were buying the most of.

It came as no surprise that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were fighting for first place.

Wayne Rooney was the only England player to make it into the top ten based on shirt sales.

The Manchester United captain's name is still sought after on the back of a shirt though - as he is ranked in fifth place.

After Messi and Ronaldo, the top five was rounded out by Dutch player Memphis Depay, German Bastian Schweinsteiger and Eden Hazard who plays for Chelsea and Belgium.

After Rooney, Brazil's Neymar Jr., Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sánchez and Philippe Coutinho make up the top ten.

Interestingly, Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi are the only players on the list who don't currently play for a Premiership team.

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