There have been many iconic kits in the history of football. Think Barcelona, AC and Inter Milan, Brazil, the Netherlands, but few are as iconic as Real Madrid's all-white kit.
Real Madrid's all-white kit is so integral to the identity of the club that their nickname is of course "Los Blancos", meaning "the Whites". Given that Real Madrid's kit is all-white, one imagines that there isn't much to work with when creating new designs each season.
This is not the case, however, as Real Madrid have had, over the years, many beautiful kits and some not so beautiful.
Despite the illustrious club boasting the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Luis Figo, David Beckham and Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the most iconic in the club's history, having eclipsed the past greats in both fame and success.
As well as scoring a staggering 450 goals in just 438 games for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has worn several different renditions of the all-white kit. As an iconic Real Madrid player, this article will rate each of the nine home kits that Ronaldo wore during his time in Madrid.
#5 2010/11 season
The home-kit worn by Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates during the 2010/11 campaign was an improvement from the 2009/10 design. Unlike the busy 2009/10 kit, this edition of Real Madrid's home-kit was simple by comparison.
The material seems a lot more breathable and thinner than the 2009/10 kit and the placement of the Adidas badge parallel to the Real Madrid badge was a welcome change. Most importantly, however, is the improvement of the neckline with it looking much more comfortable and holds a nice modern design.
Whilst being a nice improvement from the season prior, it still isn't the nicest home-kit of the Ronaldo Real Madrid era but by no means is it an ugly kit.
Style Rating: 7/10
#4 2013/14 Season
This is undoubtedly a historic kit of the Cristiano Ronaldo era at Real Madrid. It was in infact in this kit that Real Madrid wore when they finally won the long-awaited 'La Decima'. However, that is not the only reason why it is historically significant for the Los Blancos.
Firstly, it was the first kit to don Real Madrid's new sponsor 'Fly Emirates' which from a design point was more subtle than the blocky BWIN sponsorship they had sported in the years prior.
The design is simple yet smart, with the club deciding to return to a simple crew-neck collar. Additionally, the subtle horizontal lines give the kit enough detail without straying away from the all-white feel of the kit.
Perhaps the only downside to this kit was the cartoonish numbers and lettering that the club decided to go with for that season, nevertheless, on the whole, it was probably one of the best in Europe that season.
Style Rating: 8.5/10
#3 2012/13 season
Following their La Liga success in 2011/12, Real Madrid opted for a strong blue trim for their home-kit and although they failed to defend their title, they at least looked good doing that in this white and blue kit.
This edition of Real Madrid's home-kit possessed a bold blue trim for the Adidas logo and stripes, the numbering and lettering, the collar, and the end of the long sleeves. An important aspect of designing a Real Madrid home-kit is never straying too far away from the traditional all-white colour scheme.
And although the trim of this kit does that, the main torso is very simple and minimalist which allows for this kit to be well-balanced. Additionally, the blue V-neck collar gives the kit a traditional, almost formal, impression, whilst the design of the numbering and lettering give a modern feel to the whole attire.
All in all, this kit was a perfect blend of tradition and modernity and is among the best worn by the Galacticos of Real Madrid in recent times.
Style Rating: 9/10
#2 2011/12 season
This is not only one of the nicest Real Madrid home-kits of this period, but one of the nicest Real Madrid home-kits of all-time. The traditional white with the dazzling gold trim completely embodies the ethos of the club.
It maintains the heritage of 'Los Blancos' as well as showing the 'golden' status of the club. Additionally, it featured a collar which is quite a difficult design to do well. However, the results were perfect and one would often see Ronaldo pop his collar during matches in a very Eric Cantona-Esque way.
Furthermore, it is a great kit as it represents the season that Real Madrid was finally able to break Barcelona's monopoly in La Liga, with Ronaldo scoring a then-record 40 goals in the league campaign.
Style Rating: 9.5/10
#1 2015/16 season
In at number one is Real Madrid's 2015/16 edition of their fabled home-kit. This kit is the most modern-looking that was produced during the Ronaldo-Era at Real Madrid and incidentally the nicest.
Unlike any of the other home-kits created during this period, this kit was the closest to being truly all-white. Of course in the modern age, the sponsors and the kit manufacturers must be at least partially visible on the kit designs.
However, the kit achieves this in a minimalistic way, with the grey colour scheme for the sponsorship, numbering, and lettering, being incredibly subtle, smart, modern, and aesthetically pleasing.
Additionally, the kit looks perfectly fitted and breathable, which is something some of the other kits in the past failed to do properly. All in all, it is the nicest Real Madrid home-kit in recent years and one of their best ever when it comes to home-kits.