Barcelona ‘move forward with plans’ to wear a white away kit next season thanks to ‘POSITIVE’ fan polls… although the color is synonymous with Clasico rivals Real Madrid
- Barcelona ‘plan to wear a white away kit during the 2023-24 season’
- The color white is synonymous in Spain with their fierce rivals Real Madrid
- The controversial decision ‘is being pushed by the club’s board’
- Polls would suggest a Barcelona white away shirt would ‘sell very well’
Barcelona are controversially planning to wear a white away kit in the 2023-24 season, despite the color being synonymous with bitter rivals Real Madrid, according to a new report.
The Catalan giants had previously encountered backlash from fans during attempts to wear a white stripe in 2019, after the club offered to commemorate Catalan patron saint St George by wearing a white top emblazoned with a red cross .
Those plans were quickly scrapped by the board, but according to ESPN, Barcelona will ‘continue with their plans’ to wear a white shirt next season thanks to ‘positive enough’ inquiries from fans.
Barcelona ‘controversially consider wearing white away kit for 2023-24 season’
The club scrapped plans in 2019 to wear a white kit with a red cross emblazoned on its front
Reports also suggest the cash-strapped club are considering a move for financial reasons, with Barcelona believing a white away kit ‘would sell very well’.
Sales of the new kit could help the club salvage their dire financial situation, after the club had to execute several ‘economic levers’ to raise enough funds to register new players this summer, such as Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.
But it won’t be the first time the Catalan club have worn a white stripe, with the Catalan side wearing an all-white shirt, blue shorts and striped socks in 1978.
Club legends like Johan Cruyff (pictured) wore white kits for the club in the 1970s
In Spain, the color white is largely synonymous with Barcelona’s Clasico rivals Real Madrid
It was claimed that the club almost implemented a white stripe for their away kit for the current season, but in the end a gray kit was selected.
Understandably, some club fans haven’t reacted well to the idea that Barcelona might don a white shirt next season.
Spanish journalist Jota Jordi, who works for popular TV show ‘El Chiringuito’, said, according to Marca: “The white jersey belongs to Real Madrid. Barcelona with a white jersey? That’s a shame.
“You have to respect certain things. We must respect the history of the clubs and the feelings of the people.
“The Barcelona badge on a white Real Madrid shirt is a disgrace, and I hope no one buys it.”
In 2016, the club struck a £120m-a-year deal with Nike to design their kits, with the sports brand having produced some of the most iconic Barcelona kits in history, worn by Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.