Nike x FC Barcelona 20 Year Special Edition Jersey
Twenty years is a lifetime in football. For a partnership to last that long in the modern game is remarkable, certainly something worth celebrating, so we’re delighted to see Nike and FC Barcelona do just that as they release a commemorative 20th anniversary shirt. Scroll down for a closer look at its unique mashup design.
The limited edition shirt takes elements from various Nike-made Barcelona home kits from the past 20 years, going all the way back to their iconic first design from 1998. Think of the players that have graced the Camp Nou in that time. Figo, Puyol, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi – not just some of the greatest players of the last 20 years, but some of the greatest players of all time.
With those players come countless memories, and in that respect, each section of the shirt has a story to tell. Remember Rivaldo’s season-saving last-day hat-trick against Valencia in the blue-red-blue shirt of 2000-01, when Barca pipped Los Che to fourth and a place in the Champions League? How about the familiar sight of Carles Puyol barking orders at Gerard Pique in the treble-winning 08-09 top, red and yellow captain’s armband seemingly fused to his left bicep? Or Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldinho taking the acclaim of the Bernabeu in the nine-striped 05-06 design after a masterful clasico performance?
Then there’s the magic trio. Messi’s competitive debut came in the understated 04-05 shirt, when he took to the pitch in a pair of Nike Tiempo Air Legends and changed the game forever. Iniesta’s was 2002, his full head of jet-black hair matching nicely with the collector’s-favourite 02-03 shirt and its horizontal red trim. Xavi, meanwhile, was there from the beginning, wearing every single Nike-made Barca shirt from his debut in 1998 to his departure in 2015. The collar insert from that final Xavi kit of 14-15 is given pride of place on the anniversary mashup.
How many more classic kits can you pick out here? That’s half the fun of a design like this – there’s so much to explore. Whether you’re a proud Barcelona fan who wants to celebrate two decades of history, or simply a lover of the beautiful game with a thing for unique shirts, the 20th anniversary Nike x FCB mashup jersey is an essential pickup.
Released on 20 November 2018, the limited edition 20th anniversary Nike FC Barcelona 2018/19 Stadium Shirt is available to buy first and fast at prodirectsoccer.com