Fanatics Inc., a sports merchandise company, told Reuters that demand for Messi and Kylian Mbappe soccer club jerseys had more than tripled in the wake of Sunday’s World Cup final. After a thrilling 3-3 draw, Argentina won 4-2 on penalties to claim the match. Messi scored twice for Argentina, while Kylian Mbappe scored three times for France. It had been 36 years since Diego Maradona hoisted the trophy during Argentina’s last World Cup victory.
Demand for Messi and Mbappe gear rises after World Cup
In comparison to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, sales of soccer gear throughout the Fanatics network of online stores increased by more than 700% for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) soccer club jerseys made by Nike saw a massive increase in sales on Sunday, with jerseys featuring Messi and Mbappe seeing an especially large increase.
The 35-year-old Messi has stated that the World Cup final will be his last game, while he still plans to play a few more games for Argentina. Mbappe also stood out with three goals, making him only the second player (after England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966) to achieve a hat trick in a World Cup final. The official Paris Saint-Germain online store is run by Fanatics, who said that 40% of the day’s purchases came from the United States.