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Men in Blazers x Classic Football Shirts: Week 10, Kits of El Clasico 🇪🇸

Not since Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies took over New York Fashion Week has there been a fashion duo quite as dreamy as this one. In a move that’s sure to make Jack Grealish lose grip of his custom Gucci duffle, Men in Blazers has proudly teamed up with celebrated curators of football fashion, Classic Football Shirts, to stock the MiB Shop with some of the greatest football shirts to ever hit the football pitch.

Every week we’ll provide a breakdown of our Top XI Shirts of the Week, with each collection hand-picked by Rog, Davo, and the great minds at Classic Football Shirts. This week’s selection pays homage to arguably the biggest club rivalry in all of world football. Featuring shirts worn by the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and even the real Ronaldo, welcome to MiB x CFS’s “Week 10, Kits of El Clasico 🇪🇸” list. Also, don’t forget to tune in to the first Clasico of the season Sunday, as Real and Barca meet on ESPN+ at 10:15 AM ET.

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Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Lionel Messi shirt.

Number: 10

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home kit, made by Nike for the 2014-15 season.

Design: This shirt is built around the traditional red and blue Barca stripes, but also has extra features, such as the triangular Catalan flag on the collar, as well as the unicef back sponsor.

Why it's special: The kit that saw the launch of MSN, as Luis Suarez was signed before the start of the season to give Barcelona one of the most lethal frontlines of all time. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar combined for 122 goals in all ‘14-15 competitions, as Barca captured the La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League titles. They also split their two El Clasicos that season, with each side winning at home. 

Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Luis Suarez shirt.

Number: 9

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home shirt, made by Nike for the 2015-16 season.

Design: This shirt veers away from the traditional vertical stripes, with Nike choosing to go with red and blue hoops instead. The yellow side trim, and Catalan flag collar, complete the look of this handsome shirt.

Why it's special: While the Blaugrana couldn’t quite match the trophy haul of the season prior, Barca still managed to win both the La Liga (by one point) and Copa del Rey titles. Suarez was unstoppable throughout, scoring 59 goals in 53 matches, most on the team. Barca split their two Clasico matches with Real Madrid that season, with both teams winning on the road. 

Shirt No. 3 of 11: Personalized Sergio Ramos shirt.

Number: 4

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home kit, made by Adidas for the 2020-21 season.

Design: The smallest of details can be hugely impactful on white kits, and that’s certainly the case here. From the pink stripes on the sides, to the small pink-and-blue tiger print on the inside and back of the collar, this is a crisp, white winner of a shirt from Adidas.

Why it's special: The ‘20-21 season was Ramos’ final campaign with the Galacticos, as he would sign with PSG the following summer. Real Madrid won both Clasicos that season — with Ramos scoring in the first one — en route to a second-place finish in La Liga, losing the title by two points to Atletico Madrid.

Shirt No. 4 of 11: Barcelona home shirt.

Number: n/a

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home shirt, made by Kappa for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.

Design: Kappa, Barca’s kit designer from 1992-98, fills the design void on this sponsorless kit with a “Barca” shadow word pattern that runs diagonally across the shirt. The white trim on the shoulder stripes further adds to the unique look of this charming 90’s top.

Why it's special: A number of big names — even by Barca standards — donned this kit during the two years it was worn by the club, including Ronaldo, Hagi, Stoichkov, and one Josep “Pep” Guardiola. Of the four Clasicos played over that span, Barca won two, drew one, and lost one.

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Shirt No. 5 of 11: Real Madrid home shirt.

Number: n/a

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home kit, made by Kelme for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

Design: The first Real kit designed by Spanish sportswear company Kelme, this shirt has a decidedly 90’s appeal to it, from the Kelme paw print pattern on the sleeves, to the “Real Madrid” cursive script on the front of the collar.

Why it’s special: Real Madrid split their Clasicos with Barcelona during the ‘94-95 campaign, which contained a little extra spice due to Danish midfielder Michael Laudrup crossing the line from Barca to Real before the start of the season. Laudrup and Real went on to win the La Liga title that season.

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Shirt No. 6 of 11: Real Madrid home shirt.

Number: n/a

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home kit, made by Adidas for the 2004-05 season.

Design: This seemingly straightforward Real shirt was a gem of the era due to finer details such as the claw-like shoulder stripes, as well as special white-on-white panels on the front of the collar.

Why it's special: This kit was worn by an absolutely star-studded Galacticos squad. Players like Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Michael Owen, and David Beckham were a few of the big names to don this shirt. Madrid split their Clasicos with Barca that season, and wound up finishing second to the Blaugrana in the league.

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Shirt No. 7 of 11: Barcelona home shirt.

Number: n/a

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home kit, made by Nike for the 2004-05 season.

Design: From the red trim outlining the torso, to the asymmetrical red panel only on the left sleeve, this Nike top puts a stylish spin on the classic Barca look.

Why it's special: Barca split their ‘04-05 Clasicos with Real, which was enough for them to win the La Liga title. A number of Barcelona legends donned this shirt, including Ronaldinho, Xavi, and Iniesta. It was also the first home shirt worn by one Lionel Messi. 

Shirt No. 8 of 11: Barcelona home shirt.

Number: 3

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home kit, made by Nike for the 2009-10 season.

Design: The subtle yellow stripes on the collar and cuffs, as well as the Catalan flag on the back of the collar, provide just the right amount of flair to this straightforward, but appealing, Barcelona shirt.

Why it's special: Barcelona captured the ‘09-10 La Liga title in this kit, thanks in no small part to triumphing in both of that season’s Clasicos. Pique helped anchor the defense throughout, starting 43 matches in all competitions for the Blaugrana.

Shirt No. 9 of 11: Personalized Gareth Bale shirt.

Number: 11

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2013-14 season.

Design: An attractive shirt for all of its smaller flourishes, such as the eye-grabbing orange trim on the collar, cuffs, and sides, as well as the seemingly hand-drawn font used for player name and number on the back.

Why it's special: Despite losing both ‘13-14 Clasicos to Barca — as well as finishing second in the league — Real had plenty to celebrate that season, thanks to a Champions League final triumph over their “other” rivals, Atletico Madrid, with Bale scoring the match-winner in extratime for the Galacticos.

Shirt No. 10 of 11: Personalized Javier Saviola shirt.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home kit, made by Nike for the 2002-03 season.

Design: With just two red stripes on the front, as well as stripes that are cut off around two-thirds of the way down the back, Nike put a unique spin on the traditional Barcelona look with this shirt.

Why it's special: The ‘02-03 campaign was a disappointing season overall, as the Blaugrana finished sixth in La Liga, but they were at least able to manage two draws across that season’s Clasicos. Saviola finished the season as the club’s second-leading scorer, trailing only Patrick Kluivert.

Shirt No. 11 of 11: Personalized Ronaldo shirt.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home kit, made by Adidas for the 2015-16 season.

Design: The “clear gray” stripes, as well as the gray sponsor logo, give this shirt a sleek white-on-white appearance. Adidas also had “Hala Madrid y nada mas” written on the inside of the collar, as if to further call attention to the kit’s minimalistic appeal.

Why it's special: Despite splitting their ‘15-16 El Clasico matchups, Real lost the La Liga title to Barcelona by one point. The Galacticos made up for it in Europe, though, as they won the Champions League title, beating Atletico Madrid in the final for the second time in three years. Ronaldo was dominant throughout, scoring 51 goals in 48 matches for the Spanish giants.