Top five World Cup shirt-sellers featuring Manchester United star

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has proved to be a popular player at this summer’s World Cup.

In a list published by Forbes magazine, Manchester United star Robin van Persie currently comes in at number two as the best-selling World Cup jersey in the United States.

The Dutch international sparked off the tournament’s biggest shock, as his equaliser was the turning point during the Netherlands' 5-1 rout of holders Spain.

It was a special goal too, as the Red Devils striker produced an outrageous diving header which looped over the stranded Iker Casillas – sparking wild scenes from a sea of Oranje supporters packed into Salvador’s impressive stadium.

Since that goal, a new phase of ‘Persieing’ has since begun, with fans around the world imitating the 30-year-old’s position as he connected with Daley Blind’s deep cross from left-back.

Moreover, his reputation has seemingly increased tenfold in the United States - proving to be a bigger catch than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and America's current captain Clint Dempsey in shirt sales.

One player who he hasn’t overtaken, however, is Brazil’s golden boy Neymar, who quickly shot to the top of the list following his double against Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup.

Forbes go on to state that the Barcelona forward's shirt sales had increased by a whopping 200% compared to the four days leading up to the tournament, and it would take something quite special from Van Persie to knock him off his perch.

Best-Selling World Cup Player Jerseys

1. Neymar

2. Robin van Persie

3. Clint Dempsey

4. Lionel Messi

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Best-Selling World Cup Team Jerseys

1. Brazil

2. U.S.

3. Netherlands

4. Italy

5. Mexico

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