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Manchester City and Puma have raised fans’ eyebrows by dropping the first look at the Premier League champions’ third kit for the 2021-22 season.
City’s third kit shakes things up from the more traditional look as the club’s crest has moved from the front of the shirt to underneath the collar on the back.
However, the navy blue top immediately stands out for the fact that the club’s name is featured at the heart of the third kit in a light-blue font.
The iconic Puma logo is now above the capitalised ‘Man City’ on the front, with sponsors Etihad Airways placed under the club’s name.
According to City, the third kit is meant to reimagine the “traditional football kit in a brand-new approach [by] merging football and streetwear culture.”
However, the Premier League side could hardly have imagined the backlash the Puma-designed kit would receive on social media.
Ladies and gentlemen, Manchester City's new third kit 👀 pic.twitter.com/MJMZt7pIdP— SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 18, 2021
One fan on Twitter savagely claimed that it looked “more like a top from Primark,” while others called it “awful” and a “training kit.”
Someone tweeted: “That might be the worst kit I've ever seen.”
While another hilariously wrote: “Paolo Maldini and [Alessandro] Nesta can't even defend that.”
And a third said: “What the hell is this? It looks like a FIFA eSports kit.”
A fourth Twitter user posted: “There’s no way they can charge the regular kit price for that!”
I honestly think this is one of the worst kit designs I've ever seen— #SB (@SJTB94_) August 18, 2021
This will be a bad seller I predict— Gaultieri (@aieilli) August 18, 2021
Literally just a t-shirt design some lad could flog on ebay— LS11sVaultBoy (@TomWilson2323) August 18, 2021
Worst kit I’ve ever seen.— Dylan (@Dench_kid4) August 18, 2021
Is that from the Sports Direct sale rail?— Belds ENIC Out (@RickBelds) August 18, 2021
Meanwhile, one City fan added: “Genuinely one of the worst kits I’ve ever seen, FFS. The home and away kits are both so good as well. I just hope we never use this kit.”
City’s third kit has launched on the club’s official online store and the top is priced at £70, with the shorts retailing at £35.
The Premier League champions confirmed that the kit will launch in Puma stores, the Etihad Stadium store and other retailers from 19th August.
City captain Fernandinho told the club’s official website: “I wanted something different, and we definitely got that, I really like the design because the badge may change over time, but the name will live on forever.”
Featured Image Credit: Manchester City/Puma
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