Jordan Henderson 'smashes Ajax shirt sales record' previously held by ex-Man Utd star


Jordan Henderson has reportedly smashed the record for shirts sold by an Ajax player in the first 24 hours of their arrival. Henderson’s new No 6 jersey has been flying off the shelves in Amsterdam since his move from Al-Ettifaq was confirmed on Thursday.

The former Liverpool captain engineered a premature exit from the Saudi Pro League just five months after penning a reported £350,000 contract. He has joined Ajax on an 18-month agreement.

“Amsterdam! So happy to be here. Can't wait to see you all soon,” Henderson beamed in a post on social media platform X.

And it seems that Ajax fans have taken extremely well to their new signing. Ajax Life have reported that a club record has been broken with regards to Henderson shirts sold within the first 24 hours of a new signing’s arrival.

Ajax do not release the official numbers but say that Henderson’s jersey has been more popular than previous record holders Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic. In fact, Henderson’s shirt has sold more in the first day than the shirts of Blind and Tadic did in the first weeks of their respective arrivals from Manchester United and Southampton in 2018.

The 33-year-old midfielder has left Saudi Arabia having seemingly failed to settle in the Middle East. He made 17 Saudi Pro League appearances for Al-Ettifaq, who are managed by Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard.

Ajax head coach John van ‘t Schip said: "We wanted an experienced midfielder with leadership qualities. Partly due to injuries, we were also looking for someone who can be there immediately. Jordan Henderson is such a player.

"His arrival is a major boost in quality for our squad. Both on and off the field, a footballer of this calibre is also important for our many young players.

“He is an England international and has won the Champions League and many other trophies with Liverpool. I am happy with his arrival and I think it is very good for our club that he is now an Ajax player."

Henderson joins an Ajax side who have endured a terrible first half of the Eredivisie season. The Dutch giants are fifth in the top-flight, a mega 23 points adrift of leaders PSV who remarkably boast an unblemished record after 17 matches. Alax even spent time in the relegation zone in the first quarter of the campaign.

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