As we look to the return of the Spanish top-flight football on Thursday, La Liga is celebrating by commissioning a series of public art works around the world.
As part of the “United Streets of LaLiga” installation, a total of 12 international street artists have been commissioned to create bespoke murals to go on public display in various cities all across the globe.
In London, UK-based street artist Gnasher has produced a large mural that brings Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and several other La Liga superstars back to the pitch where they belong.
Each of the players in the design — which also features Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Sevilla’s Jesus Navas — were added individually with the artist only using humble A4 print-offs for reference.
It perhaps helps that Nash by his own admission is a “huge football fan” who can’t wait for the professional game to make a full return to action.
Messi was also centre-stage in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the Barcelona maestro is flanked by Casemiro and Joao Felix on an enormous backstreet billboard by Luis Bueno.
And the Argentina captain once again featured prominently in the graffiti-style mural by hervzen in Bali, Indonesia, though this time he was forced to tussle with a rampaging blue bull and a fearsome fanged dragon.
Artworks are also being put on display in cities as far afield as Mexico City (Mexico), Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Copenhagen (Denmark), Lagos (Nigeria), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kabul (Afghanistan).
La Liga officially returns on Thursday as Sevilla take on city rivals Real Betis in El Gran Derbi.