Ranking all of Nike's vintage-inspired third kits for the 2019/20 season


Can we get a round of applause for Nike please?

With every season, there's an added pressure on sports companies to produce the best football jerseys in the business and it seems as though Nike have won the latest battle of the kits.

The recent renaissance in vintage fashion has seen more and more supporters rummaging through their wardrobes to find old strips they haven't worn since the 1990s or early 2000s.

Bearing that in mind, kit producers have looked to cash in on this fashion trend by adding new twists to old designs - take Adidas reviving Arsenal's 'bruised banana', for example.

However, it seems as though Nike had an even clearer vintage policy, taking some of the biggest teams on their roster and designing third kits had harked back to times gone by.

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While their home and away jerseys were released many months ago, some of these alternate strips went live during the season and only now has the full collection been unveiled. 

According to Footy Headlines - an unbeatable source when it comes to football kits - the Nike roster has finished at: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Galatasaray, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

And just in case any of you are wondering where the new RB Leipzig design is heading, that particular strip has been classified as a Champions League, as opposed to a third, kit. 

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Ranking the Nike third kits

So, without further ado, we have decided to order all eight jerseys and unlike our Champions League rankings, this was incredibly difficult because Nike have basically nailed them all.

8. Galatasaray

The ugly duckling in the group. It's almost as though this design for the Turkish giants didn't gel with their overall strategy and it stands out like a sore thumb compared to the others.

It's by no means a bad design, especially compared to their vomit-coloured away kit, but various shades of grey strips were never going to marry nicely to the classic Galatasaray orange.


7. Paris Saint-Germain

Ok, ok, put the the pitchforks away for one second. It's literally taken one kit for us to move from the ones we dislike, to the ones we enjoy and it just happens that PSG are the fall-guys here.

At the end of the day, it's a smart effort and red, white and blue is always easy on the eyes. It's just a little kit-by-numbers, pales in comparison to their away kit and the sponsor is a little obtrusive.


6. Barcelona

Again, we're having to be really picky pushing this down so low and this jersey deserves props for simply summoning images of Ronaldo Nazario absolutely tearing apart La Liga to our minds.

However, there's just something about this classic kit that doesn't gel with the modern twist and why did it look so baggy on the Barca players at Borussia Dortmund or is that just us?


5. Chelsea

This is a frustrating one for us. The marriage of black, orange and white is absolutely stunning, while the classic Nike logo, Chelsea badge and Yokohama sponsor all blend effortlessly.

For most supporters, though, it's the collar that brings this one down. We much prefer this design on another kit to come, but it sideswipes what could have been a subtler top half in Chelsea's case.


4. AS Roma

The final kit to be released and it didn't disappoint. The dreamy colour scheme of Roma has produced so many iconic strips over the years and Nike grabbed that cheat code with both hands.

They've brewed the familiar rouge and titan hues with a wholesome navy, but the texturing is a little on the nose and there's just three jerseys we prefer slightly more.


3. Tottenham Hotspur

We might have been criticised for rewarding the simplicity of Spurs' home and away kits this season but come on, surely this one is universally loved?

Nike haven't gone overboard with the texturing here, the shade of turquoise is bold and unabashed, the collar brings an undoubted smartness and the touch of navy dots the i's and cross the t's.


2. Atletico Madrid

First things first: yes, the collar we disliked on Chelsea's kit has been rewarded here, but it's done to quiet perfection for Atletico and just has stars - as opposed to the club name - rounding it off.

This is a colour collision made in heaven. There's a real softness and classiness to this shirt, while the decision to use the original badge offers that iconic brushstroke of red.


1. Inter Milan

Oh baby. The kit sales at the San Siro this summer will have Steven Zhang weak at the knees, because Nike have absolutely nailed their home, away AND third designs this season.

This particular effort isn't plucking our nostalgia strings as much as the others, but that's exactly why we love it and the simplicity of the black and yellow, enlivened by the Pirelli logo, is simply inspired.

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