This shirt was used by Corinthians only once, on October 14th 2018 against Santos. It is a special tribute kit to Ayrton Senna to mark the 30th anniversary of his first Formula One world championship. The shirt has a mixture of homages to the legendary Brazilian, who is considered by many to be the greatest driver of all time. It follows the colours of the iconic black and gold John Player Special livery Lotus carried on its 1985 and 1986 cars when Senna drove for the team. The shirt features 41 golden lines, one for each of his grand prix wins. Senna’s signature is written on the front of the shirt where sponsorship would usually be, while “Senna Sempre” (Senna Always”) is printed on the inside of the collar, and the team used also a special shorts with “Eterno” (Eternal) printed on. While this version of shirt used against Santos with player’s names on the back was only used once, the same style of shirt was used by Corinthians also against Flamengo but with “Senna” printed on the back of the shirts instead of regular player’s names. Despite a certain level of demand existing for the regular retail version of this special Ayrton Senna kit, it has been revealed that the shirt couldn’t be sold outside Brazil, due to the nature of the licensing agreement between Nike and the Ayrton Senna institute, which manages the rights to the Senna brand.
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Senna was a Corinthians fan and the club has previously paid tribute to him on the field. In 2014 the club marked the 30th anniversary of his death by having its players walk out for a game wearing replicas of his famous yellow and green helmet.