Robin van Persie has been prolific on the pitch this season and according to a recent survey, his impact extends much further than simply on the Old Trafford turf.
Kitbag.com have reported that over 25% of personalised shirt sales bear the name of the mercurial Dutchman.
Officially, the figure stands at 25.4% with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in second place with just over 8% of shirts printed with the England captains name and number.
Robin van Persie and Manchester United are pretty accustomed to being at the top of the tables this season with van Persie standing atop of the scorers list for the majority of the campaign, and United have been at the summit of the Premier League for what feels like all season.
Speaking on the sales, Kitbag.com chief executive Andy Andson said: “Robin van Persie is a world-class footballer and his stunning performance has seen him become one of the most popular players in the Premier League.
“Following his summer move to Manchester United, it’s no surprise that British football fans are happy to show their support by customising replica shirts with his name and number.
“Looking at the results, it’s also good to see two British players listed in the top three, demonstrating that UK fans are keen to back home-grown talent.”
Van Persie’s strike partner Wayne Rooney completes the top three (6%) with Shinji Kagawa (5.8%) the fourth most popular player according to the data. Meanwhile, Paul Scholes (2.7%) placed seventh on the list.
The £24 million signing of Van Persie has been an excellent piece of transfer business with the 29-year-old banging in 19 league goals this campaign already. However, the Dutchman’s commercial impact will certainly please those pesky Glazers equally as much as his impressive goal return, if not more so.