Lots of Manchester City supporters have been reacting on social media to leaked images of the Citizens’ 2020/21 Puma home and goalkeeper kits, as shared by OFOBALL via Man City Extra.
Manchester City penned an extremely lucrative deal with German sportswear manufacturer Puma in 2019 as the Etihad Stadium natives looked to move away from American giants Nike, with Puma agreeing to pay £65million-a-season in a 10-year agreement.
The contract sees the money split between City’s sister operations in Australia, Spain, Uruguay and China, though the reigning FA Cup winners receive the bulk of the money in what is English football’s second-most lucrative deal only behind Manchester United’s £73m-a-year agreement with Adidas.
The 2020/21 season will be City’s second campaign wearing strips designed by Puma following their maiden outing in the current season, though large corners of the Citizens fanbase are not warmly anticipating the official launch following the recent leak.
Fans have dubbed the rumoured design as being ‘horrendous’ and that the home strip resembles a ‘broken mug’, as Puma have produced a sky blue strip which features jagged white lines across the front of the shirt that almost resemble the crack marks left in fractured items.
The white lines continue onto the sleeves, while the back is left blank ahead of the application of the player’s name and number.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted negatively to the rumoured design…
the state of that long sleeve one nah i hate it https://t.co/sbDrqBd3Sv
— han (@mcfchannah) July 13, 2020
“Designed to look like your favourite broken mug with hints of shattered dreams” https://t.co/XSko0kZzvS
— slbsn (@slbsn) July 13, 2020
Thanks I hate it https://t.co/l8fvgcPjbi
— Emmett (@TheEmmett_) July 13, 2020
— 🅰️ 🅱️ (@A1ugase) July 13, 2020
— Najwan Noor (@najywan) July 13, 2020
Not all Man City fans were left underwhelmed by the leaked images, though, with some in love with the design, even if favouring the long sleeve variant more so than the short sleeve edition.
— va$lap_rocky🤤 (@chulumancom2) July 13, 2020
long sleeve>>>short sleeve
— Tsimikas SZN (@elarababas) July 13, 2020
What was clear from the Manchester City supporters reacting on social media was that far more were in favour of the three leaked goalkeeper strips, which carry an almost beehive-like print across the front and are shown in black, mint green and pink.
I like these! 😍 https://t.co/TPpftceO0X
— VintageManCity (@VintageManCity) July 13, 2020
It’s bad when the goalkeeper kits look better than the outfield kits
— 🐺Matt Woolfenden🐺 (@OneEyedLycan) July 13, 2020
@MaxRobbo15 that black one 😍
— george m (@georgemasonn) July 13, 2020
Not bad https://t.co/gtdp3PgkDj
— AJ (@AJ_CTID) July 13, 2020