The 25 best retro football shirts of all time

The 25 best retro football shirts of all time

Retro football shirts have never been more popular than they are today.

While there are some eye-wateringly beautiful modern kits, there is something about that vintage look that just hits different. The baggy fit, the wonderfully garish designs and the nostalgia they bring, retro shirts simply can’t be beaten for most football fans.

There have been some absolute corkers over the years at both club and, in particular, international level and while football fashion often divides opinion, many old-school kits are unanimously loved.

For the sake of these rankings, we are classing retro shirts as anything made pre-2010 and there are plenty of sensational bangers to choose from.

Here are the 25 greatest retro shirts of all time – ranked.

Real Madrid 1999 Away by Adidas 🇪🇸

Stunning black away shirt worn when Los Blancos beat Valencia in the 2000 Champions League Final!


— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) March 11, 2022

adidas never used to miss / Stewart Kendall/Allstar/GettyImages

Alan Shearer donning Newcastle’s beautiful away shirt / Phil Cole/GettyImages

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) January 10, 2022

Mbappe in the PSG 2006 Away 🇫🇷

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) December 8, 2023

That Opel sponsor was synonymous with Bayern’s greats / Simon Bruty/GettyImages

An ultra classy Chelsea shirt / Getty Images/GettyImages

Mexico’s 1998 World Cup home shirt is one of the greatest international shirts of all-time.

This design was worn in their opening game against South Korea and in the second round against Germany. The shirt was also worn in the other group stage matches by goalkeeper Campos.


— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) January 25, 2022

The iconic yellow and green has never looked so good / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

PSV 1995 Away by Nike 🇳🇱

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) April 24, 2024

Nigeria never fail to deliver when it comes to kits / STAFF/GettyImages

Two amazing shirts – but Milan’s wins the battle / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund’s ‘highlighter’ kits were something else / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

One of many Man Utd gems from the 90s / Simon Bruty/GettyImages

The famous black and blue of Inter is beautiful / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

FC Porto 1997-98 away shirt made by Kappa as worn when the side won their fourth Liga title in a row#FCPorto

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) October 22, 2017

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) January 5, 2022

This adidas template is a thing of beauty / Dan Smith/GettyImages

— Vintage Football Shirts (@VFshirts) December 16, 2021

A truly iconic Three Lions jersey / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

A young Pep Guardiola modelling Barcelona’s wonderful Kappa number / Getty Images/GettyImages

Arsenal’s famous ‘Bruised Banana’ shirt is a beauty / Ben Radford/GettyImages

Denmark and Hummel have always produced bangers / Getty Images/GettyImages

Vintage adidas is hard to top / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

The greatest kit there has ever been? / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages


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