We are back at Monday again, and with another exciting week of football under our belt, we only have one thing to do on the first day of the week. As usual, we have raided all the photos from this week’s football action to track down the world’s best boot spots. We have our usual mixed bag of boot switches, rare boots and the works, check out the spots that caught our eye this week.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV CR7
Even though the lid was officially lifted off the latest Cristiano Ronaldo colourway, we are going to have to wait another week until we see the boots hit the pitch. The latest Madeira-inspired CR Superfly IV ‘Savage Beauty’ has certainly caught the eye with the awesome lava effect on the upper, and while Ronaldo wore the boots in training last week, he did not wear it during Real’s La Liga match against Las Palmas. He instead opted for the 324K Gold Superfly IV, a boot which Ronaldo has only been wearing for a handful of weeks. The new boots are coming thick and fast for CR7 these days…
James Wilson (Manchester United) – adidas Messi 15.1
It would be a pretty special feeling to be handpicked by Messi to be allowed to wear the great man’s signature boot, so we reckon Wilson is in a pretty good place at the moment after being picked to participate in the ‘Backed By Messi’ campaign. Wilson wore the Messi 15.1 during United’s forgettable League Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough, they probably needed a bit of magic in the same vein as Messi himself. We thought the players in the ‘Backed By Messi’ campaign would wear the recently unveiled Messi 10/10 boot, but maybe we will have to wait another week until those boys are seen in the colourway.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Nike Mercurial Superfly IV
Deary me Nike, what is going wrong with the Hypervenom Phantom? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grows the long list of players who have made the abandoned the Hypervenom Phantom, which includes Neymar, Isco and Kovacic. Aubameyang, who is certainly a name on everyone’s lips at the moment, is the first player in this current exodus from the Hypervenom who has opted for the Superfly IV, as many have made the switch to the Vapor X. It adds yet another layer of intrigue surrounding the whole Hypervenom situation, and it begs the question: who will be making the switch next?
Elliot Bennett (Bristol City) – adidas X15.1
It looks a lot like a boot we see everyone else wear, but there is a slight difference in Elliot Bennett’s X15.1s compared to the one everyone else is wearing. Bennett is wearing the non-Primeknit edition, which comes in a colour closer to a red compared to the bright orange of the Primeknit X15.1. The boots are also identifiable by the strip of black running across the toe of the boot. Plus they match with Bennett’s Bristol City home kit. What’s not to love?
Francisco Sanchez Curiel (CF Villanovense) – adidas Copa Mundial (Custom)
What a result Curiel’s team got last week hey? The Spanish third tier outfit held the mighty Barcelona to 0-0 during their midweek Copa del Rey fixture. While that alone is worth a mention in our boot spotting, we are here for the man’s interesting choice of boots. It seems Curiel is wearing a customised version of the Copa Mundial, identifiable by the fold-over tongue on his boots. While a green Copa Mundial was released as a part of the Samba Pack in the lead-up to the ’14 World Cup, those boots had a black set of three stripes, so the white stripes on Curiel’s boots makes us think this may be a custom job.
Søren Rieks (IFK Göteburg) – adidas Primeknit 2.0
Before Primeknit went all mainstream, it was left solely for limited edition adidas releases. Which is why it is quite a sight to see Søren Rieks bringing out the Primeknit 2.0 for IFK Göteburg this weekend. Luis Suarez was given the task of flying the flag for the Primeknit 2.0, which is built in the same manner as the old adidas F50 adiZero. The boot uses Primeknit in it’s purest form, so we wonder how it stacks up to Nike’s Flyknit.
Jem Karacan (Galatasaray) – adidas Predator Instinct Accelerator
We had to save the absolute corker of a boot spot until last. While Assou-Ekotto caused headlines by bringing out the Predator Mania last week, Jem Karacan and his Predator Instinct Accelerators is nothing to sneeze at either. The former Reading player brought out the classy boot for Galatasaray last week, and he is extremely fortunate to have been able to get his hands on the boot considering they sold out incredibly quickly when they went on sale last year. If only I was quick enough to get my hands on a pair of them too…
That is it for our boot spotting today, what was your favorite spot this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.