Players exchanging shirts after a game has become a tradition in modern football.
We say after a game, Eden Hazard and Angel di Maria swapped shirts at half-time during Chelsea’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the year.
Quite what sparked the theme is unclear. But one thing you will notice is that there is always a high-profile player involved.
Typically, it’s a player unable to hide the fan boy within. The amount of times Lionel Messi has been approached by an unashamed player at full-time is countless.
It really is an interesting phenomenon, and one that The Times Magazine felt the need to ask Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy about.
Vardy has seen his stock rise considerably after last season’s heroics, in which he scored 24 goals as the Foxes defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title.
He’s become hot property. Arsenal wanted him in the summer but there was no need to swap one Champions League club for another.
But the Gunners aren’t the only ones who wanted a piece of Vardy in the summer.
Suarez wanted his shirt
The 29-year-old has admitted that Luis Suarez asked for his shirt during half-time of Leicester’s pre-season friendly game against Barcelona in Stockholm.
“It varies [who decides who swaps with whom],” he told The Times when quizzed on the matter. “When we played Barcelona pre-season, I knew the lads would all be trying to get a shirt, so I weren’t going to ask anyone.
“Then, coming in at half-time, Luis Suarez asked if he could have mine.”
You would think that it would be Vardy asking for Suarez’s shirt, not the other way around.
It shows you just how far he’s come.