Soccer has some of the best jerseys hands down. With so many classic moments in International and Club soccer and so many distinguished names, it only makes sense that the best jerseys come with some ties to these moments. There is a great deal of connection between fans and the jerseys that were worn for some of these moments. Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé have worn some of the jerseys on this list. Here are One37pm’s 20 best soccer kits of all time.
Back in the day, the addition of Pele to the New York Cosmos was a major transactional move. The Brazilian soccer star had dominated for years for the Brazilian national team and Santos. After he came out of semi-retirement in 1975 and signed with the Cosmos of the National American Soccer League, Pelé played two years of soccer in America. By the time he retired again in 1977, the Cosmos were wearing this uniform. Though they no longer exist, the Cosmos kit is a nice retro look to remind you of the days of the NASL.
The ‘90s was a time for adventurous designs and colors to fill the uniforms of teams across a variety of sports. Soccer was no exception with Mexico’s World Cup team in 1998 donning this green uniform with the Aztec calendar design covering the entire jersey. It is a sight for sore eyes, to say the least. Viva Mexico!
Based in Japan, The tie-dye styled green jersey was a winning uniform for Verdy Kawasaki. It totally represents the essence of the decade of the 1990s. Previously named Yomiuri FC the prior two seasons, Verdy Kawasaki won the Japanese League titles in both the years of 1993 and 1994. The team’s name is derived from the word “Verde” which stands for green in Portuguese.
Nike made a splash in design in 2011 when they designed France’s away jerseys. Inspired by the marine uniform worn by France’s sailors in the 1800s, France’s away uniforms feature numerous navy stripes across a white shirt. The design was a modern standout kit with a very popular and memorable look.
Worn by the Ajax team that won the UEFA Champions League in 1995. Considered one of the best teams of all-time, the Ajax team featured a cast of heavy hitters that included stars Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Saar and Clarence Seedorf. The club was undefeated and also won the European Cup and Intercontinental Cup.
Famous for the 1984 European Cup win by Liverpool, their red away uniform with the vertical stripes is a classic. Led by elite goalscorer Ian Rush, Liverpool also managed to win the League Cup and title. It was the first time in history that a team from England managed to win all three trophies.
Famously worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was on PSG’s squad back in the mid-2010s, the PSG design was a very sleek design. On the pitch, the PSG team performed very well in these kits. The club managed to earn the national quadruple, meaning they won the Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions all in the same season.
Though the USA Men’s jersey was not popular with its players in 1994, it still gets some love for its quirky denim print and stars that made you think the designer had an issue with the ratio button in Photoshop. Despite the weird design that infiltrated practically all ‘90s jerseys in every sport, the one benefit of this uniform is that you will stand out in a large crowd.
One of the oldest soccer teams of all time, Celtic made their mark in 1967. The team upset Inter-Milan in the 1967 European World Cup 2-1. The Scottish team was the first team from the United Kingdom to ever win the cup and is the only Scottish team to ever win. The alternating green and white stripes are a legendary look for a kit.
In 1970, Italy got all the way to the World Cup Finals, before succumbing to Brazil in a 4-1 loss. That year, Italy wore their classic all-blue uniforms. Led by players Giacinto Facchetti, Gianni Rivera and Luigi Riva, this was Italy’s first World Cup appearance in 32 years. Their path to the Finals included a classic win over Germany.
Using the Dutch colors in an interesting Tetris-adjacent design, the Netherlands 1988 is popular because it was worn during Holland’s run to winning the FIFA World Cup. It also may cause you a headache if you stare too long at it. During their 1988 run in the World Cup, Holland won the title with a 2-0 win against the Soviet Union.
Cristiano Ronaldo famously wore this jersey for Real Madrid during the 2011-12 season. Real Madrid broke numerous records during this season, including total goals (121) and most points (100) in a season. Though they never ended up winning any of the major titles during the season, they win the best jerseys during that season with the white and gold accented home uniform ranking as one of the best jerseys of all time.
This is an all-time vintage jersey. Diego Maradona spent some of his early years playing with the Boca Juniors of Argentina. Maradona went on to massive success playing in Spain and Italy and also reached new heights when he put up huge international performances in a series of World Cup matches in the 1980s.
The 2013-14 away shirt was a standout design for a solid FC Barcelona club that featured Lionel Messi as its top goalscorer. Finishing second in La Liga and winners of Supercopa de Espana, Barcelona’s threads feature the kit in the colors of the Catalan flag, and the classic vertical stripes with a gradient accent on the sleeves.
There aren’t many better FIFA World Cup moments than the Women’s National Team’s win in 2019 against the Netherlands last year. Led by great players like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, the USA team became one of the most interesting news stories in 2019. The Women’s soccer kit is a simple but effective design that will always bring back memories of a team that captured America’s heart.
The Bayern Munich team had one of the better jerseys of the 2000s, with a red and white design with horizontal stripes. Featuring players like Luca Toni and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the team was successful that year with the top record in Bundesliga and won the 2007-08 DFB-Pokal cup.
The Argentina team that featured Diego Maradona is a classic club that carries a lot of weight as a historically great team. This was the height of the Maradona-craze. The attacking midfielder was the captain and led his team to a 1986 FIFA World Cup. His goal of the century is a classic. Though it came in the away jersey, we have to give the home jersey the spot as one of the best jerseys ever.
Famously worn by Johan Cruyff and the rest of the Netherlands men’s national team in the 1974 World Cup, this orange uniform is a stand out. During the 1974 World Cup, Cruyff powered the Netherlands all the way to the final game before falling to West Germany in the final match. Just remember to make sure that there’s just two stripes.
Designed by adidas, West Germany’s jersey carries significant cultural impact since it was worn when West Germany won the FIFA World Cup in 1990. These duds were also present when both East and West Germany reunified. The style is definitely eye-popping with a re-interpretation of the German flag.
There’s only one word that works when talking about Brazil in the 1970s. All you have to say is Pelé and you’re good in any soccer conversation. Famously worn during Brazil’s World Cup win in 1970, this is the top jersey of all time. Considered the best soccer club constructed in history, Brazil hasn’t changed the clean and simple look that the men’s national team has worn for ages.