It only takes one word, or one look, to know the icons. This Barcelona FC 20th Anniversary mashup is iconic on first sight.
Barcelona. The name will ring out for ages. The club’s platform has highlighted the primes of the world’s greatest futbol maestros.
Messi. Ronaldino. Neymar. Eto’o. Figo. Zlatan. Ronaldo. Henry. Cruyff. They all have worn the shirt proudly. An now fans can get the full 20 years of Nike x Barcelona history in one kit.
And what a glorious upon first sight kit it is. The design of this jersey is as well done as any team goal.
Nike has outfitted FC Barcelona since 1998. In the 20 years since, Barcelona has kept one of the most iconic kits while winning 10 Spanish league titles, 6 Copa del Rey’s, 8 Spanish SuperCups, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 UEFA SuperCups, and 3 FIFA Club World Cups.
The limited-edition jersey will not be worn during a regulation game but will blend into the Barcelona wardrobe forever.
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“This idea really came out of the blue,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “We wanted to do something different to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The main challenge was ensuring all the previous shirts were represented, but also that each one was carefully placed. We had to be mindful of the overall design, rather than just placing each one anywhere on the garment.”
Barcelona’s 2018-19 season kit features 10 vertical stripes on the shirt, one for each of the main districts of the city. This was done to highlight the “Ball Makes Us More” campaign which celebrates the club and the Catalan community. The Catalan indpendance movement remains at the forefront, even for daily club activities.
“FC Barcelona is the biggest club in the world and we are extremely proud to have been working with them for 20 years,” says Hoppins. “The history, reach and global fan base makes it a special club to collaborate with and we consider it an honor.”
Barça x Nike 20th Anniversary Jersey fans can go for goal on November 21.