With Premier League outfit Manchester City penning a lucrative long-term kit deal with PUMA worth a reported annual fee of £65 million (R1,2 billion), here are 12 most expensive kit deals in the history of the game.
Click through the gallery above to see the most expensive kit deals in football, based on annual payments according to Independent.
Sportswear company PUMA and City Football Group have agreed to a global long-term partnership, which will see the German multinational supply the reigning Premier League champions, as well as sister clubs in Australia, Spain, Uruguay and China, with kit, among other things.
City’s partnership with PUMA, which is effective from July 2019, ranks as the second highest kit deal in the history of England’s top-flight, bettered only by arch-rivals, Manchester United, who penned a ten-year deal worth a staggering £750m (R14 billion) with Adidas.
Despite having the most expensive kit sponsorships in the history of the Premier League, City and United’s deals are dwarfed by LaLiga giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who ranks as the first and second spots on the podium respectively.
Los Blancos extended their relationship with Adidas for a further ten years at the end of 2018, ensuring that they have the most expensive kit deal in the history of the game worth an annual fee of £110m (R2 billion).
Catalan giants Barcelona rank in the second spot on the podium and are understood to receive an annual fee of £100m (R1.8 billion) from Nike – a far cry from their previous deal (2008 – 2018) with Nike, which saw them being allocated an annual fee of £35m (R654 million).
Six teams from the Premier League occupy slots on the top 12 list, while Barca and Madrid each appear twice, due to their previous mammoth deals with Nike and Adidas.
In your opinion, which team has the best kit design on the abovementioned list of teams?