Starting with the 21st century, Association football, commonly known as football or soccer (especially in the United States and Canada) was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, thus becoming the world’s most popular sport. The rules of this game were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name “association football” was established in order to distinguish the game from other forms of football played at the time, such as rugby football. The term soccer bears its origins in England, making its first appearance in the 1880s as an Oxford “-er” abbreviation of the word “association”. For all football fans out there we’ve compiled a list of soccer teams jerseys representing both old-school and present famous players.
10. Diego Maradona
Born on October 30 1960, Diego Armando Maradona Franco is the only player in football history to set world-record contract fees twice. The first, when he was transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million. Then he played for Napoli for a record contract of £6.9 million. Celebrate this man’s talent and work with this jersey that features an embroidered team logo on the front and ClimaCool moisture-wicking fabric.
9. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane – born 23 June 1972 – is a retired French player who’s considered one of the best players of all times. He was the leading figure of a generation of French players that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. This jersey made of 100% polyester features the brand logo and team logo, along with the player’s name and number.
8. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
Yet another famous retired football player is Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (commonly known as Ronaldo). Alongside with Zinedine Zidane, he’s also considered by football experts and fans as one of the most talented football players. At the age of only 21 he won his first Ballon d’Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 1997, and five years later he won the award again.
7. Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo
We continue our list of soccer team jerseys with another skilful football player – Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo – born 4 November 1972. He’s a former Portuguese international footballer, that played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale, a career of over 20 years. He won in 2001 the title of FIFA World Player of the Year, and the year before Figo was European Footballer of the Year. In addition, he was included in the FIFA’s Top 100.
6. Gennaro Ivan Gattuso
We move on with our list to active players, starting with the Italian professional footballer Gennaro Ivan Gattuso – born 9 January 1978, in Corigliano Calabro, Italy. During his career at Milan, he’s won the Champions League in 2002 and 2003, and later in 2006/2007, and also the Serie A title in 2003 – 2004 and 2010 – 2011. The jersey features the embroidered Official FIGC Badge, is made of ultimate fabrics combined with innovative graphics and unique applications. It also has a embroidered Puma Cat.
5. Iker Casillas Fernández
Iker Casillas Fernández – born 20 May 1981 – is a Spain born football goalkeeper who’s playing for the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, and the Spanish national team, being the captain of both. In 2008 he was captain of Spain’s national team – a team that made it to their first European Championship in 44 years.
4. Robin Van Persie
The list of soccer teams jerseys cannot be complete without Robin van Persie – born 6 August 1983 – the Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Arsenal and the Dutch national team. Joining Arsenal’s team in 2004, Van Persie was chosen as captain of the club on 16 August 2011. His style and skills were often compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.
3. Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry – born 7 April 1983 is a French international footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the France national team. Ribéry’s skills are often described by sport experts as a “fast, tricky and an excellent dribbler” who “has great control with the ball at his feet”. Since joining Bayern, he has been acknowledged as one of the best French players of his generation. Zinedine Zidane called Ribéry the “jewel of French football”. The jersey features Dri-FIT fabric to keep sweat away, embroidered interior and exterior club badge at left chest.
2. David Beckham
David Robert Joseph Beckham – born 2 May 1975 – is an English association footballer who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. In the past he played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, and the England national team. While playing for Manchester United, the team won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. This jersey features Climacool technology, and is officially licensed with the team’s colors and graphics.
1. Lionel Andrés Messi
It is no coincidence that we’ve started this list of soccer teams jerseys with an Argentinian player and end it with yet another one – Lionel Andrés Messi – born 24 June 1987. He plays in La Liga for FC Barcelona, and was named captain of the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. He was awarded countless times, including the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, etc.
Concluding our top, we ask: which is your favorite team/player ?