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Atlanta United's Josef Martínez is MLS's top-selling jersey for 2021 season

Patrick Felts
Josef Martinez remains incredibly popular among MLS fans
Josef Martinez remains incredibly popular among MLS fans / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Despite a rough start to the year, Atlanta United FC striker Josef Martínez is the top-selling jersey in MLS for the 2021 season.

The league announced that the Venezuelan topped sales this year, featuring his atop the list of the 25 best-selling jerseys this season.

Martínez, the No. 3 selling jersey in 2020, remains one of the league's most popular stars even as Atlanta United have struggle to hold onto a playoff spot. The team are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference with 43 points, and has multiple jerseys in the top 25 best-selling for the fifth consecutive season.

The 2018 Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player has scored just 10 goals so far in 2021, compared to 27 and 31 in 2019 and 2018, his two most recent healthy seasons.

Martínez's jersey has been among the top five selling every season since joining Atlanta in 2017, but 2021 marks the first year for the striker to finish atop the list.

Martínez, alongside Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan and Portland Timbers midfielders Diego Valeri and Diego Chará, are the only players to make the list in each of the past five seasons.

Atlanta United teammate Miles Robinson finished in the top ten of jersey sales as well, his shirt being the seventh best-selling in the league this season, his first appearance on the annual list. The defender was called up to the United States Men's National Team in September for their its trio of World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica.

Seattle Sounders, currently first place in the Western Conference, had the most jerseys in the top 25 with four, including Raúl Ruidíaz finishing second behind Martínez. LA Galaxy had three jerseys in the top 10, the top seller among them being Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández at fourth.