#10yearschallenge (the fake one)
Ten years ago, the 2008/09 season, when the world of football gets shocked by the Tiki-Taka revolution. It's the first season of Pep Guardiola on Barcelona's bench, and it was going to be an unforgettable thrill ride.
However, the first Barça of Guardiolian stamp wasn't it.
The 2008/09 season was also the last one played in the Premier League by Cristiano Ronaldo, before his record-breaking Summer transfer to Real Madrid.
Moreover, THE Brit legend of the game, David Beckham came back to Europe and joined the once Italian giants of AC Milan on loan, moving for the first time in his career to a Serie A dominated by José Mourinho's first Inter Milan.
The 2008/09 season ended in Rome, with the Champions League Final which saw a Titans Clash between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentinian Balon d'Or and the Spanish Champions won the confront 2-0, as Messi himself (alongside his former Barça pal Samuel Eto'o and former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry), conquered Rome and so whole Europe on a cozy Roman Spring night.
Have you noticed anything yet?
Big names, big clubs, big stories, big games; and all of this could only lead to...
Exactly, big fakes.
All the shirts you see above are actually fake ones, taken out of the "yupoo catalogue" of one of the most noted Chinese fake-shirts seller.
Overall, the quality of such products (as bad as it is, especially regarding the absolute lack of safety and health controls on the fabric) is kind of impressive.
In 2008/09 the Fake Shirts market was not as "advanced" as it is today, so all of the shirts you see above (just like the vast majority of other "Retro/Vintage" shirts) are actually being illegally produced to this very day by Asian factories.
The reason? Always the same, money, in spite of passion and law.
The last shirt of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, the shirt of the first Champions League won by Messi, the first shirt of Beckham at AC Milan (as well as the last one of Kakà before his Real Madrid time), and so on.
Besides the usually poorly made Adidas logo and the often out of scale commercial sponsors, it is hard to spot the differences from the original ones without actually touching the shirts.
Therefore, the only useful advice we feel like giving you this time in order to avoid scams is to check (if possible) the serial code inside the shirt and directly contact the costumer service of the rightful brand's owner. Also, as always, buy only from authorized stores which actually give you a commercial invoice and don't be afraid to pay a little extra.
Don't forget: if you buy a fake, you buy nothing!