On May 20, FC Barcelona will bid farewell to club legend Andres Iniesta. The Blaugrana will do so in its latest home kit, designed for the 2018-19 season, which is inspired by Camp Nou’s uniting force against the city’s 10 districts: Les Corts, Sants-Montjuïc, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, La Barceloneta, Sant Martí, Ciutat Vella, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris and Sant Andreu.
Each of those districts is represented on the jersey by a stripe and, in a marked shift from last season, every one is of even width.
Andres Iniesta's Career Highlights
Date of birth: 11 May 1984 (he's 34)
Place of birth: Fuentealbilla, Spain
Nicknames: El Cerebro (The Brain), El Caballero Pálido (The Pale Knight), El Mago (The Magician), Don Andrés.
- Iniesta joined La Masia in 1996 and made his first-team debut at 18 in 2002.
- He became a regular during the 2004-05 season and from there established himself as the architect of Barça's style of possession football.
- Barça has won eight league titles and lifted the Spanish cup five times during Iniesta's time with the club.
- Additionally, the team has claimed four European titles — only four other clubs have won more in their entire history.
- As a member of the Spanish national team, Iniesta won one world and two European titles.
“Barcelona is a place where the football club is absolutely fundamental to people’s lives,” explains Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “Iniesta is an icon and a hero to the people who live in those districts, so I think it’s very apt he will get to wear the new kit for his final game for the club.”
This central theme carries on from March’s “The Ball Makes Us More” campaign.
The kit is available on May 21st.