Real Madrid and adidas have released their new third kit for the 2023/24 season, that retells the story of its crest in a bold new way and celebrates the club’s place as European legends.
A tribute to iconic Real Madrid third kits of past seasons, the new collection recodes an iconic dyed black colourway, updated for the season via a bright shock of yellow on the club’s crest, punctuated by a carbon-toned border around key markings.
The result is a shirt that looks to remind fans of iconic moments from the club’s illustrious European nights, which includes winning the UEFA Champions League a record-breaking 14 times. In particular, the black colourway is chosen to emulate what was worn when Real Madrid were crowned champions after an epic UEFA Champions League Final in 2000, imbuing a sense of nostalgia and confidence.
The yellow from this famed shirt has also been carried through, as adidas designers pulled inspiration and colour from the iconic crown of the club’s emblem and reimagined it as bold tones on the chest, and club initials carried proudly on the left side of the collar.
Sam Handy, Vice President for Design Football at adidas said: “We’ve taken inspiration from Real Madrid’s long-standing place as trendsetters in the game of football, to create something that allows fans and players to stand out. First and foremost, this is a piece built to support athletes on the biggest stage. However by designing at the intersection of legacy, identity and expression, this is a jersey built to be as successful for the fans on the street, as it is for the players on pitch.”
Crafted for performance and to support world class players, the jersey features the latest in adidas performance benefits. The on-field version of the shirt is constructed with HEAT.RDY technology, optimized to keep players feeling comfortable while performing on the biggest stage. While the replica version of the kit features AEROREADY technology, which uses sweat-wicking or absorbent materials to keep players feeling dry.
Both versions of the jersey have been made with 100% recycled materials, representing just one of adidas’ solutions to help end plastic waste. Earlier this year, adidas announced that it is ahead of schedule in its journey to replace virgin polyester with recycled polyester in its products wherever possible by the end of 2024.
The third kit will be available to purchase via Real Madrid stores, selected adidas retail stores, and online at adidas.co.za.