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Cuba has been somewhat isolated from the rest of the world due to the 5-decade old trade embargo with the United States but it has not kept fans from the island nation from being culturally rich with the colors of their favorite soccer teams from around the globe.

World Soccer Shop had the rare opportunity to travel with the New York Cosmos to Cuba for their friendly with the national team earlier this month and it was immediately obvious that fans of the beautiful game love showing off the colors of their favorite teams.

Cuba vs new york cosmos tour Raul jerseys

It was no surprise that we found an outpouring of love for Raul…and it has no bearing on that being Cuba’s President’s name, Raul Castro.  The fans were showing their love for Raul Gonzalez.  The Real Madrid legend currently plays with the Cosmos and was on tour with the side.

Cuba vs new york cosmos tour Raul jerseys

After playing 550 games and scoring 228 goals for Real, Raul moved to Schalke 04.  And the fans in Cuba were well aware of the moves and colors that we pulled on after the move to the Bundesliga side.

Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Ronaldo jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour James Rodriguez jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Toni Kroos jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Beckham Real Madrid jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Angel Di Maria jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Alonso jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos Van Nistelrooy Real Madrid jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Real Madrid gear

The love for Real Madrid was not just about Raul, however.  The jersey of Los Merengues was the most popular in Cuba.  And the home jersey, away jersey, and third jersey were on display with a variety of player names as well as Real Mardid scarves on hand despite the temperatures.

Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Barelona jerseys
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Lionel Messi Barca jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Iniesta Barcelona jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Xavi Barcelona jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Barcelona jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Neymar Jr Barcelona jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Ronaldinho Barcelona jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Barcelona jersey
La Liga rival and current UEFA Champions League champion Barcelona was well represented.    Lionel Messi is the team’s most lethal player but the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar Jr, as well as team legend Ronaldinho were all spotted.

Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour AC Milan and Man Utd jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour AS Roma jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Bayern Munich jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Chivas Guadalajara jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour AC Milan Balotelli jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour LA Galaxy jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Juventus jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Boca Jrs backpack
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Tottenham Hotspur jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Inter Milan Adriano jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Inter Milan Zanetti jersey
But it was not just Real and Barca or even just La Liga.  Teams were represented from all around Europe and the Americas.

Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Cuba jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Germany 4-star jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Colombia jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Spain Casillas GK jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Portugal jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Brazil Neymar jersey
Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour Brazil Ronaldinho jerseyAnd it was not all about the club game.  The Cuban national team jersey was in the house but also jerseys from Brazil, the new 4-star Germany jersey, and more…

Cuba vs New York Cosmos tour San Antonio Scorpions jersey
The best jersey of the lot had to go to the fan with the San Antonio Scorpions jersey.

What jersey did you think was the best for the match?

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