Interwoven to create a visual feast for the eyes, the radiant blaugrana colors adorning the club’s jersey are nothing short of a breathtaking masterpiece of design and tradition.
Months before the dawn of each season, immense care is put into the kit design of FC Barcelona, with Nike supplying the designs and jerseys for the Catalan giants.
However, Nike also serves as the supplier for many other teams, and as per Footy Headlines, the industry-leading manufacturer of sports equipment has established a hierarchy of teams, albeit unofficially.
While there is no official ranking, there are numerous cues that make it possible to rank Nike’s top teams.
Barcelona amongst the elite
Nike has ten elite men’s teams in total. Three of them are based in Middle/South America, while seven of them are from Europe (Corinthians, Club America, Pumas).
Three teams, FC Barcelona, Liverpool, and PSG, are placed highest in the pecking order, with an A++ rank attributed to each of them.
Their high stature can be deciphered by their particular crests, fourth jerseys, collaborations, and knitted uniforms, which Barcelona has taken advantage of over the years.
Overall, the report further argues that the Nike hierarchy is established based on sales and revenue and is plainly outlined in the contracts with each team.
Barcelona appears to have the finest deal out of all the teams, as the club has already received the blueprints for the upcoming season six months in advance.
FC Barcelona, in first place, are followed by PSG, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Leipzig, and Galatasaray.
Barcelona’s potential next-season kits
Barça’s potential home strip for next season appears to be a tribute to Barcelona’s 1999 centenary kit, which featured the renowned claret and blue half-and-half on the shirt, with the crest and the Nike emblem in the center.
A black-themed jersey is reportedly set to serve as next season’s home kit, while the third kit features a base of royal blue, with neon green accents.