List of jerseys cheaper than the ?4695-priced Indian football jersey
Ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had promised to release India's official kit for the big event. It was launched by its maker Nike in a fancy unveiling last week. But instead of the discussion being on the fabric and the design of the jersey, it received bad press because of its insanely steep pricing.
The Indian football team's jersey is priced at, believe it or not, ?4695. Yes, we haven't made a mistake in the price! After taxes and shipment charges, the total cost of the Indian jersey touches a mark of ?5500. This has caused a huge uproar in the country where many football supporters criticised the board as well as Nike for making the jersey unnecessarily expensive, and consequently, out of reach of most Indian football fans.
An ignorance of the know-how of the Indian economic conditions has led this jersey to be a total bust with the public. The fact that India's team kit costs more than almost every top football team in the world makes this matter an even regrettable one. On that note, here is a list of sports team jerseys from around the globe which cost lesser than India's recently launched kit:
#1 Arsenal's home and away kit is currently available for ?3439 on Amazon with its highest price being quoted at ?4299.
#2 Chelsea's home kit is available at around ?3999 on Myntra.
#3 Despite Manchester United's kit being priced at ?4999, it is currently available on sale at ?2749 on Myntra.
#4 Liverpool's home kit is also available on Myntra for ?4599 (half sleeves).
#5 Real Madrid's home kit is available on Flipkart and can be bought at ?3849. The away kit can also be found in a similar range.
#6 A kit which is the exact same price as the Indian one is of FC Barcelona. The Catalan home kit is available on Jabong for ?4695.
#7 The home kit of Italian champions Juventus is also available on Adidas official site and on Myntra for a similar price to that of India's jersey.
#8 Bayern Munich home kit price - ?3499.
#9 Brazil national team's home kit is available on Amazon and can be brought at around ?3549.
#10 Shifting base to cricket, Indian team's official jersey is priced at ?3995 at Nike's stores and is available for lesser on most of the online portals.
Is Indian football of a higher standard than international football? No.
Is Indian football's fan base as big as Indian cricket's? No.
Yet, the decision to set an exorbitant price tag on the Indian football team jersey is something that beggars belief. Over to you, AIFF, to set this wrong right.