If you’ve watched highlights of Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon this evening and wondered ‘what’s going on with Madrid’s shirts?’ fear not - you’re not alone.
A lot of confused football fans took to Twitter to ask the same question.
Madrid’s players were all wearing the famous white shirt but you could barely see any of the print.
The badge and sponsor were practically invisible. It looked like they were wearing shirts from the 1960s, not 2016.
However, we’re here to clear up the confusion. Your eyes weren’t deceiving you and there is an explanation.
Fans on Twitter were confused
Real Madrid explained why on their website
Real Madrid confirmed on their website that the shirts had been made from recycled plastics intercepted in coastal areas of the Maldives.
“The game against Sporting de Gijón saw the Real Madrid players wear special shirts made from plastics gathered from coastal areas in the Maldives and containing environmentally friendly materials, as the club offered their backing to an invitiate which bids to save the oceans,” Madrid confirmed in a statement on their official website.
“Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic waste end up in the oceans, which places our ecosystem and, ultimately, our living environment in serious danger . In April 2015, Adidas joined forces with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organisation and a collaborative network which seeks to raise awareness about the beauty and fragile nature of our oceans and rolls out comprehensive strategies to bring an end to their destruction.”
Fair play, Real Madrid. Fair play.
Bayern Munich wore similar shirts this month
Bayern Munich wore similar kits when they played Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga earlier this month.
Ronaldo inspires Madrid to 2-1 win over Sporting
Bayern drew 1-1 but Real Madrid, wearing their unusual recycled shirts, faired better this afternoon thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar scored both goals to inspire Los Blancos to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon.