Lionel Messi and Barcelona experienced the same problems with the shirts that the players of the English club, Aston Villa, are currently facing.
Villa are currently sixth in the Premier League after a 1-0 away win against Chelsea at the weekend, but a new report claims the players are unhappy with the shirts they are wearing.
The Birmingham club are two years into a two-year deal with Castore, which also makes shirts for Newcastle United, Wolves, Rangers and Sevilla.
However, according to The Telegraph, the Aston Villa stars have complained that their new kits are hampering performance because they often get wet and as a result have been heavy and uncomfortable.
Manager Unai Emery is aware and the club is now talking to the Castore company about the matter. Aston Villa’s women’s team are said to be “fearful” of pulling on the shirt for the first time in the opening game of the ESL season against Manchester United, while a key reason why Newcastle ended their partnership is believed to be down to the quality of jersey.
12 years ago, La Liga giants Barcelona had very similar problems with their Nike kits. The medium El Pais, through The Guardian, claims that Messi and his teammates complained about the shirt sticking to the skin due to sweat.
It got so bad that some even weighed their jerseys on the scale after half-time, after they were said to have “weighed a ton” during a tour of the United States – with the jersey weighing two-and-a-half times as much after 45 minutes as it did in beginning.
Nike was forced to address the issue, with a spokeswoman stating: “Nike’s product team is working to address concerns with the FC Barcelona jersey.”
“All product concerns are treated with the utmost importance and a resolution is expected when all appropriate testing is completed.”
This was in the 2011/12 season under coach Pep Guardiola, where Messi scored 73 goals in all competitions.
Barça jerseys are still manufactured by Nike to this day.