Nothing get’s us excited for the new season like a kit release.
Okay, that’s a complete lie. There’s no point in pretending to get excited about paying £60 for a kit that either looks the same as last season’s or looks like a teenager stuck in the nu-rave era has designed it.
But putting aside the price, and the sometimes questionable design, let’s look at some of the best releases from Nike and adidas.
These are the kits we wouldn’t feel too bad about shelling out our pocket money on.
Barcelona (Nike) v Real Madrid (adidas)
We kick matters off with a straightforward El Clasico battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Barcelona’s latest kit features a brand new sponsor, while Madrid’s showcases iced out blue trimmings and a new collar.
Neither are crimes against fashion although Barcelona’s massive sponsor will take some getting used to.
Roma (Nike) v Juventus (adidas)
Both Roma and Juventus keep it classy and simple with their latest efforts.
Roma and Nike never get it wrong, although unfortunately we won’t be seeing Francesco Totti trotting out in the kit next season.
Juventus’ new badge, which was completely slated when it first aired, looks great against the classic black and white stripes and round neck.
Man City (Nike) v Man United (adidas)
City’s Nike kit might just be the nicest one we’ve seen yet, proving that beauty lies in simplicity.
There’s been no official release of their cross-town rival’s kit, although plenty of pictures are circulating online.
As with Barcelona’s, while there’s nothing particularly off with the kit, the sponsor doesn’t do it justice.
Inter Milan (Nike) v AC Milan (adidas)
When Inter Milan, Nike and Pirelli link up the results are rarely disappointing.
They’ve struck gold again with a kit which has already been seen on pitch, as Inter debuted it in the last game of the Serie A season.
Milan’s red and black stripes are equally as glamorous and also saw the light of day on the final day of the season, against Bologna.
PSG (Nike) v Bayern Munich (adidas)
PSG’s kit is a work of art. The subtlest hints of maroon on the shoulder, the stripe down the middle. Simply merveilleux.
Bayern and adidas have brought the stripes back, although the Bundesliga side will stay with the same red and white colourway.
So who’s done the better job between Nike and adidas?