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Top 25 Most Iconic Jerseys in Sports

Sports apparel is a behemoth of an industry that rakes in billions of dollars annually. Which is why it's not difficult to figure out why so many teams, in sports around the world, are busy trying to find ways to capitalize on that gravy train. There are third jerseys, alternate jerseys, and jerseys worn just for special occasions – such as the Boston Red Sox and Notre Dame special shamrock green jersey for St. Patrick's Day. Some of them are incredibly sharp looking and others are laughably terrible. But there is no denying that even those garish, outlandish jerseys have the ability to rake in money.

Despite the money grab that sports apparel has become, there are some jerseys that are timeless classics. Some teams have cultivated such loyal and passionate fanbases that their regular jerseys will always outsell whatever gimmicky alternate jerseys the organization rolls out. There are also those organizations who are so big, and are always such a big money draw in their own right that they don't need to get involved with gimmicks like green jerseys or special “this day only” jerseys. Most do because you can't have enough money, right? But some don't.

No matter which way you slice it though, there is a whole bunch of money in jersey sales. It's a global industry that increases the reach of the different sports in the world. Because of the size of the industry, and the influence of the leagues themselves, you'll see people wearing Chicago Bulls jerseys in China, Milwaukee Brewers jerseys in Tokyo, and Man U jerseys in San Francisco. It's truly a remarkable thing.

But one thing about sports jerseys is certain, some are more popular than others. People like winners and people like iconic franchises. You will often see more jerseys of a few particular teams than any other jerseys combined. It's because these franchises have built a legacy, have built a devoted fanbase, and more importantly, have built a brand.

So what are the most iconic sports jerseys of all time? Read on and find out, and chime in with your classics if you so choose...

25 FC Barcelona

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Though FC Barcelona does have an alternate jersey with a different color scheme, the colors. logo and jersey of Barcelona's home kit – a kit that has remained largely the same since 1910 – are iconic in the world of soccer. They're one of the most decoarted clubs in soccer history and have had incredible success over the last decade. Boasting all-world players like Lionel Messi and Neymar on their roster, Barcelona sell millions of a jersey around the world.

24 USC Trojans

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23 AC Milan

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Established in 1899, AC Milan has spent more than a decade building a reputation for excellence. With seven Champions League titles, second only to real Madrid, the Rossoneri are one of the most accomplished clubs in history. Throughout the club's entire history, they have sported their famous red and black jerseys -- the colors chosen to represent the player's fire and passion (red) and the fear of their opponents (black). Their widely recognized jersey and colors have also led to one of the club's nicknames -- il Diavolo (the devil).

22 FC Bayern Munich

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21 Boston Bruins

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20 Real Madrid CF

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19 New Zealand All Blacks

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18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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17 New York Rangers

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16 Arsenal FC

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15 Chicago Bears

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14 Brazil's National Team

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13 Green Bay Packers

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12 Manchester United

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11 Chicago Cubs

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10 Penn State Nittany Lions

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9 Montreal Canadiens

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8 Dallas Cowboys

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7 Detroit Red Wings

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6 Los Angeles Dodgers

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5 Boston Celtics

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4 Pittsburgh Steelers

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3 Los Angeles Lakers

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2 Oakland Raiders

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1 New York Yankees

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There is perhaps no other jersey in any other sport as instantly recognizable and iconic as the one belonging to the New York Yankees. Having been worn by some of sports biggest stars, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and more than I have room here to list, the Yanks' pinstripes are a classic look that many teams have tried and failed to imitate. New York's jersey is the most iconic in all of pro sports and is instantly recognizable.

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