From Messi's Magic to Suárez's Nose: The MLS's Most Coveted Shirts

Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and other MLS stars are leading not only on the pitch, but also in shirt sales, driving the league's growth and popularity

A list of the best-selling jerseys in Major League Soccer (MLS) reflects not only the popularity of the players but also the fans' passion for the league. At the top of the list are giants Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, whose presence has elevated the MLS's profile to new heights.

Lionel Messi, a superstar and eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, is the undisputed leader in jersey sales. Since joining Inter Miami, Messi has impressed with 13 assists and 12 goals in his first matches, scoring every time he steps onto the field. His unique ability to turn any game into a spectacle attracts fans from around the world, making his jersey the most sought-after in the MLS.

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Luis Suárez, who partners with Messi at Inter Miami, has also been a standout. The Uruguayan has scored 12 goals in 16 MLS games, almost a goal per match, and has contributed five assists. Suárez is known for his intelligent movement and ability to create plays, making him a favorite among fans.

Right behind Messi and Suárez is Lucho Acosta of FC Cincinnati. Acosta is one of the top players in the MLS, with seven goals and nine assists. He is known for his dribbling ability and creating goal-scoring opportunities, helping his team remain competitive in every match.

Cucho Hernández of the Columbus Crew is another notable name on the list. Known for his ability to score under pressure, Hernández joined the Columbus Crew in 2022 for a record fee at the time. Despite playing only nine games in the season, his ability to cover the field and contribute both offensively and defensively has made him an indispensable player.

Riqui Puig of LA Galaxy rounds out the top 5. The Spaniard is a midfield maestro with an excellent passing average. A regular starter for the team, Puig has contributed six goals and five assists, aiding in both playmaking and game recovery.

Here is the full list of the best-selling jerseys in the MLS

1. Lionel Messi
2. Luis Suárez
3. Lucho Acosta
4. Cucho Hernández
5. Riqui Puig
6. Pedro de La Vega
7. Jordan Morris
8. Hany Mukhtar
9. Giorgos Giakoumakis
10. Emil Forsberg
11. João Paulo
12. Aidan Morris
13. Jacob Shaffelburg
14. Darlington Nagbe
15. Brian Gutiérrez
16. Héctor Herrera
17. Carles Gil
18. Jordi Alba
19. José Martínez
20. John Tolkin
21. Cristian Roldan
22. Bongokuhle Hlongwane
23. Teemu Pukki
24. Sergio Busquets
25. Benjamin Cremaschi

Inter Miami leads with five players on the list, followed by the Seattle Sounders with four and the Columbus Crew with three. The popularity of these players not only increases jersey sales but also raises the MLS's profile on the international stage, attracting new fans and attention to the league.