More images of Barcelona's kit for the 2019/20 season appear to have been leaked on social media, seemingly confirming the bold new design similar to that of the Croatia national team's iconic checkered pattern doing the rounds of Twitter.
While kit unveilings were once a real surprise for fans in the summer, we tend to now know well in advance what kits our teams will be sporting next season. Some cynical thinkers have even suggested the now customary links are used by clubs in order to gauge the supporters' reaction, giving them time to redesign should they new strips go down like a lead balloon.
With the 'revolutionary' checkered pattern having been touted since last year, kit leak specialists Footy Headlines appear to have hit the mother lode once again, and have released pictures which they claim to be Barça's new kit for next season.
In a bold departure from the traditional stripes, the Catalan giants could be rocking a brand new look - a move which would surely make Ivan Rakitić feel right at home.
Here's a couple of the leaked snaps:
The supposedly kit, hasn't exactly gone down well with the club's enormous fanbase, and supporters across the world have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns over the bold new choice.
Who let Rakitic design this? 😂😂😂— J (@MESQUE_BARCA) March 21, 2019
Why is this even an option 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️— Saloni🐣 (@love_tikitaka) March 21, 2019
Nike lost its creativity.— Nakib🇧🇩 (@Cule_Nakib) March 21, 2019
It's official? Damn that's bad... What about our statute, and rules about vertical stripes?— Fenrir (@gciepal) March 21, 2019
Thats totaly wrong, and it looks bad. Totaly not a Barca shirt.
*Pukes in Catalan*— Tea and Busquets (@Elcapitanpulga) March 21, 2019
The technically gifted midfielder has impressed for the Toffees on a loan spell this season, and the Premier League side are said to be eager to sign him permanently when the next transfer window opens.