Lionel Messi wept on Sunday as he bade farewell to his boyhood team FC Barcelona and confirmed he was talking with French club Paris St Germain over a possible move. A tearful Lionel Messi confirmed on Sunday he was leaving Barcelona after the club said it could no longer afford to pay the Argentine’s high wages, adding he was in negotiations with French club Paris Saint-Germain over a possible move. The fact that Thomas Vermaelen made the decision to celebrate in a Barcelona jersey despite playing exactly zero minutes for the club has given us a nasty case of douche-chills. Messi’s decision to stay at Camp Nou has been widely reported by local media, admitting that players have agreed to a five-year contract with a 50% reduction. 100YEARHEROES | Our home kit for the 20/21 season takes inspiration from the kit worn by one of the greatest squad of players in the club’s history.
The 2001-02 kit remains particularly iconic, however, as it was the season both Pep Guardiola and Roberto Baggio were at the club together as players. Newcastle United have revealed their fresh Puma kit for 2020/21. The Magpies wore it for the first time in their final-day assignment against Premier League champions Liverpool. The Magpies will be in yellow on the road for the first time since 2013/14, with a patterned ‘fizzy yellow’ shirt featuring a peacoat blue stripe across the shoulders. A traditional white home shirt this year features a knit pattern, with blocks of blue on the shoulder and a yellow pinstripe around a v-neck collar. It will be paired with white shorts and blue socks. Wolves’ new home kit, manufactured by adidas, reverts back to the gold shirt, black shorts and gold socks combination. Local fans will notice the jersey’s striking resemblance to Kaizer Chiefs’ 50-year anniversary edition kit, which bears near-identical style and colours. The kit, which is made from 100% polyester recycled materials, is complemented by a gold trimming on the sleeves and collar. The Blues home new home jersey is made from recycled plastic bottles! It should have been produced for a market that was very excited for a 50th jersey.
Newly-promoted West Brom are with Puma again, and for the third straight season have opted for a green and yellow away shirt, along with a different take on navy and white stripes for their home kit. According to Footy Headlines report, Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain have already unveiled some of their designs for the upcoming 2021-22 season. From retro designs to bold, graphic prints, keep track of all the fresh looks as they are released. However, the most loved game on the planet is equally famous for rolling out new team jerseys released each year. After securing Premier League survival, Villa released their new home kit on August 1, sticking with Kappa as the kit sponsor and changing to Cazoo as the club sponsor. The Toffees’ away kit is a classic amber and blue design inspired by the second strips worn in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while their third kit is described as a “seafoam” colour.
There are reports of a third option which has a white shirt complemented by a blue mountain graphic and red detailing. There is also a nod to the layout of the tiling on the floors of the famous East Stand at Arsenal’s former Highbury home. There may be some interesting tweaks with blue and white colour palette, but the partnership with Puma could spring a surprise with texturing. The Nike shirt is inspired by a design previously used in 1983/84 and 1993/94 for two seasons each time, with a solid blue shirt and white pinstripes. The Hammers’ away kit is inspired by the Club’s golden period of the 1960s and features two claret bands on blue, while the club’s third kit is black with gold detail. Man City’s new Puma home kit features a “mosaic” pattern shirt is a tribute to the city’s “melting pot of art, industry, music, fashion, noise and colour”.