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Volume 10 No. 25
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Messi Memorabilia Sales Top Chart, U.K. Fans Falling For Him

Former ManU Merchandising Dir EDWARD FREEDMAN said that sales figures for FC Barcelona player LEO MESSI's signed memorabilia on shows the Argentinian is now the U.K.'s favorite footballer. Freedman, also Icons Chair and labeled "football's merchandising guru" by The Economist, said that Messi memorabilia now outsells Real Madrid's CRISTIANO RONALDO, the next best-selling player by more than four times and leaves ManU's WAYNE ROONEY and Liverpool's STEVEN GERRARD trailing in his wake. Freedman: "U.K. football fans love Spanish football and Messi in particular. He's the neutral's favourite with most football lovers now agreeing he is the best in the world, if not the best ever. The U.K. public has fallen in love with him" ( 

Sales figures through from April '11 - April '12:

Player Team/Nation Units sold
1. Leo Messi Barcelona, Argentina 2021
2. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid, Portugal 496
3. Robin Van Persie Arsenal, Holland 481
4. Kaka AC Milan, Brazil 477
5. Luis Suarez Liverpool, Uruguay 409
6. Andres Iniesta Barcelona, Spain 386
7. Steven Gerrard Liverpool, England 365
8. Wayne Rooney ManU, England 274
9. Diego Maradona Argentina 261
10. Fernando Torres Chelsea, Spain 254