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Three former MUFC players feature in Top 10 MLS shirt sales list for 2018

Footballers are attracted to America for a number of reasons. It’s a great country to spend your final years as a professional, with good weather and a better standard of living in many cases.

In recent years, we’ve seen a couple of former Manchester United players head across the pond.

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For instance, the six years David Beckham spent in the United States with LA Galaxy made such an impact on the former England captain, he decided to buy his own franchise, Inter Miami, as revealed by Goal a month ago.

 

Other players have followed suit, such as Basitian Schweinsteiger, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.

However, it has been revealed by the MLS that Ibrahimovic has sold more shirts than any other player in 2018, while Rooney and Schweinsteiger also feature in the top 10.

The Swede has 22 goals in 26 games for La Galaxy but Rooney is being held responsible for turning DC United’s season around since his arrival. They were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table after winning just three games out of 17 prior to signing Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer (256 goals), yet his influence has led them to the play-offs months later.

Rooney, who sold the fourth most shirts in the MLS this year, has scored 12 goals and assisted six in 19 games for DC United. A remarkable record for a 33-year-old to turn his new club’s season around.

It’s an incredible record and shows how Rooney didn’t just head to America to retire on his last big pay-day. He went to win.

Meanwhile, Schweinsteiger of Chicago Fire is ranked sixth for MLS shirt sales.

The full list can be seen in order below, as per mlsstore.com:

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  2. Carlos Vela, LAFC
  3. Josef Martinez, Atlanta United
  4. Wayne Rooney, D.C. United
  5. Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United
  6. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chicago Fire
  7. David Villa, NYCFC
  8. Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
  9. Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders
  10. Ezequiel Barco, Atlanta United
  11. Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
  12. Diego Rossi, LAFC
  13. Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
  14. Giovani dos Santos, LA Galaxy
  15. Darlington Nagbe, Atlanta United
  16. Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC
  17. Alphonso Davies, Vancouver Whitecaps
  18. Hector Villalba, Atlanta United
  19. Dom Dwyer, Orlando City
  20. Luciano Acosta, D.C. United
  21. Graham Zusi, Sporting KC
  22. Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders
  23. Darwin Quintero Jr., Minnesota United
  24. Paul Arriola, D.C. United
  25. Diego Chara, Portland Timbers

 

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