Sky Sports 5 – it’s here. It’s here in some considerable style.

Sky Sports 5 kicks off today with the help of the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla and is being hosted in Cardiff’s Stadium (Welcome back GB).



To mark the launch what is the new home of European football on Sky – arguably the most gifted art forger of the 20th Century today pays unique homage to five of the finest European footballers, by depicting them in the style of one of their most famous national painters.

It’s a beautiful take on proceedings.

The incredibly talented, John Myatt, has been commissioned to create the one-off portraits of some of Europe’s most exciting footballers, which will be unveiled at a Castle Fine Art gallery as the new Sky Sports 5 channel begins broadcasting today (12th Aug).

The line-up of players, who will all feature on Sky Sports 5 in the coming months, includes; Liverpool FC’s Steven Gerrard , FC Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta, Juventus FC’s Andrea Pirlo, FC Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. All painted in the style of an artistic great such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci.

The collection of portraits includes:

Andrea Pirlo in the style of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Sky Sports 5_European Greats_Individual Pirlo

Andrés Iniesta in the style of Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Dora Maar

Sky Sports 5_European Greats_Individual Iniesta

Arjen Robben in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portrait

Sky Sports 5_European Greats_Individual Robben

Cristiano Ronaldo in the style of Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro’s Portrait of Professor Antero de Quental

Sky Sports 5_European Greats_Individual Ronaldo

Steven Gerrard in the style of Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of General John Burgoyne

Sky Sports 5_European Greats_Individual Gerrard

Starting with the UEFA Super Cup, Sky Sports 5 will screen up to 600 live European football matches featuring some of the best players, the best teams and best competitions. New and existing Sky Sports customers can get the new channel Sky Sports 5 as part of their Sky Sports package, and as a further bonus they can also get two years’ free Sky Broadband Unlimited.

Gary Hughes, Sky Sports Head of Football, said: “For lots of people football is an art form and Sky Sports 5 will be the place to watch the skill, flair and vision of Europe’s finest players each and every week. We wanted to do something different to recognise the unique footballing artistry that will be on show and felt John’s work would perfectly capture the spirit of the channel and the beautiful game.

We couldn’t agree more.

John Myatt said: “I’ve spent my professional life recreating the work of some of the world’s finest artists, so I was delighted to partner with Sky on this project, to depict five of Sky Sports 5’s most talented footballers. While I’ve recreated the likes of Picasso before, it was exciting to work on a new challenge and master another artist’s style such as Joshua Reynolds.

Using such iconic faces as the basis for my portraits was great fun –we are used to seeing talents like Gerrard and Ronaldo on our TV screens but we’ve never seen them quite like this before.

The paintings will be on display at Castle Fine Art gallery in Mayfair from Tuesday 12th August to Friday 12th September. Entrance is free.

I have so much time for this – what a way to kick off the channel.

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