‘It’s giving me a headache looking at it’: Garish Guardiola sweater leaves social media in stitches
Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s crunch Premier League fixture at home to Chelsea, the Spaniard appeared in a roll-neck top boasting a dizzying array of horizontal stripes.
While the topic of discussion at the conference mainly focused on footballing matters ahead of the weekend’s big game, social media was more concerned by Guardiola’s questionable sartorial selection.
City sit top of the league on goal difference, but have played one game more than second-placed Liverpool.
Some said Guardiola’s sweater spoke of a man confident that his team would sew up the Premier League title for a second successive season.
Unbelievable confidence from Guardiola to roll that sweater out pic.twitter.com/F9Zvfb0R2U— Harry Reekie (@HarryESPN) February 8, 2019
Other comparisons of what the Man City coach looked like ranged from “a Lebanese schoolgirl from the 1970s” to a children’s TV presenter from the same decade.
Fair play to Pep Guardiola for dressing like a Lebanese girl from the 70s 👍 pic.twitter.com/ysGhxBwt8F— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) February 8, 2019
Pep Guardiola looking like a Children's TV presenter today in a very natty jumper at his media conference.— Joe McHugh (@videocelts) February 8, 2019
Others focused on the psychedelic effect of the item of clothing – which was not always welcome.
Absolutely loving Pep Guardiola’s jumper today pic.twitter.com/cJtjX5bmAQ— Martin Richardson (@comeonsports) February 8, 2019
That jumper Guardiola is wearing is giving me a headache just looking at it . Shocking— Billy Campbell (@BillyCampbell_1) February 8, 2019
There were also comparisons between the former Barcelona boss and Sesame Street character Ernie, as well as one Twitter user’s hallway rug.
Who let Guardiola leave the house like that? pic.twitter.com/U1egbXMmwc— Tom Sevens (@RVAgooner) February 8, 2019
Who wore it better - Guardiola or my hallway? pic.twitter.com/j5madzWMvd— David Dubas-Fisher (@dubasfisher) February 8, 2019
Guardiola infamously ran afoul of the English football authorities over an incident involving an item of clothing earlier this season, when he threw his scarf to the ground in disgust at a decision during his team’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.
The 48-year-old was warned by the FA over his conduct.Also on rt.com Snood awakening: Man City boss Guardiola warned by FA after scarf-throwing antics
But Guardiola’s latest clothing choice prompted RT Sport to think of a similar offering from Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, whose own favorite striped top earned renown and even its own nickname, ‘The Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory.’
Fedor & Bellator are going to auction off the Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory with proceeds going to a non-profit organization. pic.twitter.com/eH1xjzJXFQ— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 19, 2017
Emelianenko was seen in the sweater on various occasions over the course of a decade, but auctioned it on eBay last year, raising more than $10,000 for charity.Also on rt.com MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko’s iconic striped sweater sells for $10.8K on eBay
So who wore it better, Fedor or Pep? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.