Football shirts are a huge part of the beautiful game. Over the years, there have been hundreds of iconic designs which stick in the memory of fans worldwide; who could ever forget Arsenal’s iconic Nike shirts of the early-to-mid noughties, you know, the ones sponsored by O2, the ones Thierry Henry did the business in for so many years.
United’s kits throughout the 90s were pretty special, too, Umbro got it right with their simple-yet-effective designs, while SHARP took pride of place in the middle of the shirt. Pure. Nostalgia.
As football has evolved, so have kits, naturally. Arsenal are no longer sponsored by Nike, they temporarily moved to Puma before switching allegiances back to Adidas after two decades apart. United are also sponsored by Adidas having spent a hugely memorable 10 years with Nike, while Man City signed one of the most lucrative kit deals in history with Puma earlier this year, worth an astonishing £650m over the next 10 years, per Footy Headlines.
Barcelona, though, are worth the most when it comes to sponsorship. The Catalan titans have been mainstay with Nike since 1998, when they took over from Italian sportswear giants Kappa. Their current deal with the American manufacturers is worth a reported £100m each season, £2m more per year than Adidas pay rivals Real Madrid (Footy Headlines).
While the home shirt has rarely deviated from the traditional Blue and Red stripes – barring this season where the Spaniards have clearly paid homage to their Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic by copying his national team shirt’s design – their away jersey’s have regularly provided plenty of talking points to the common fan.
Remember the gold shirt that Rivaldo used to skin full-backs wearing just after the turn of the century? Or the florescent yellowy-green one that Ronaldinho looked so cool wearing in 06′? Great times, great memories.
This season, Barcelona have kept up their spiciness and delivered a retro third kit suitable for wearing both on the football pitch or at a summer festival with your mates. It’s, for want of a better word, funky. Loud to look at but has certain old-school feel about it that you just cannot escape. It belongs in the 80s but is very much also one for the future, if that makes any sense.
The shirt has today been leaked on social media, though not everyone is a fan of it. Here’s what Barca fans had to say about it on Twitter…
This one looks like those cheap shirts they sell in the streets of Bangladesh. There’s nothing good about Nike’s kit designs anymore. Sucks.
— CRUYFFIAN (@TheCruyffian) September 3, 2019
— McFreddo II (@Iron7allica_) September 3, 2019
— State Of Art (@Magma_Fameboy) September 3, 2019
That’s pretty nice
— @Rollin_LOUDD13 (@Giovannni_GhP) September 3, 2019
Nice, especially the blue
— Adedeji (@Adedeji_Adeoba7) September 3, 2019
— ernie’sball (@fcbghosting) September 3, 2019
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