Sales of Neymar jerseys jumped 200 percent in the first four days of the World Cup, according to the web's largest licensed sports apparel retailier, making it the hottest-selling soccer jersey in the United States. The young phenom wears jersey No. 10 for Brazil.
Fanatics.com looked at U.S. sales from the four days leading up to the World Cup and compared them to sales during the first four days of the tournament for Forbes. The 200 percent spike was attributed to fans jumping on the Neymar bandwagon after he scored the first goal of the tournament.
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Of course, the numbers are comparing only the four days prior with the four days after kickoff. It's completely possible a lot of fans who wanted jerseys bought them well in advance, while procrastinators forgot to buy them in time for kickoff and logged on to order one before Brazil's second match, against Mexico.
But looking at the second-most popular jersey tells another story. Casual soccer fans in the U.S. might be flocking to the players who single themselves out as stars early in the tournament. The second-highest selling jersey belongs to newly annointed "Flying Dutchman" Robin van Persie, who propelled the Netherlands to its 5-1 rout of Spain with a goal on a gravity-defying header.
The first American to make the list is Clint Dempsey, coming in third. He, too, had a spectacular goal in Team USA's opening game (the fastest in U.S. World Cup history).
Looking at team jerseys, Brazil has the top spot, followed by the U.S., the Netherlands, Italy and Mexico.
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