Barcelona have rejected Nike’s proposed design and style for subsequent season’s away package since they do not want to wear white, the predominant color on the shirt of arch rivals Serious Madrid.
The American clothing giant suggested a prototype such as a red cross in order to commemorate the Catalan patron saint, St George but the strategy has been turned down out of hand by Barcelona’s hierarchy, in accordance to Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona, who had been started by a team of Swiss, English and Spanish footballers again in 1899, signed a £120-million-a-12 months deal extension with Nike three several years in the past.
Nike have been production Barcelona’s kits due to the fact 1998 when they took more than from Kappa who ditched any semblance of white again in 1992 when the shirt included stripes on the sleeve.
Barcelona have sported a white absent kit in the past for the duration of club legend Johan Cruyff’s actively playing days and have sported some of the football’s most eye-catching strips in current several years, such as this season’s pink amount.
Barcelona encounter Real in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi ultimate at Camp Nou this night sweating on the conditioning of captain and best scorer Lionel Messi.
The Argentine, who scored two times all through Saturday’s 2-2 attract against Valencia, has been nursing a slight muscle pressure but is predicted to element as he appears to rating for the 10th match in succession.