We Malaysians love our football matches. We love to watch the game on the weekends and some of us love to play it too. When UEFA comes around, we make it a priority to watch our idols perform on the field. But we know that aside from skills and training, a football player’s cleats or football boots matter in his style of playing. Here are some of our favourite football players along with their favourite football shoes.
From small-time player to football superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has a huge following across the globe. The Portuguese player’s reputation for being one of the world’s best football has inspired fans around the world to adopt fancy footwork and a determination to succeed in the sport.
Working from the ground up, Cristiano Ronaldo, better known as CR7 created his own line of lightweight football shoes. In collaboration with Nike in its Mercurial series, Ronaldo brought out the Nike Mercurial CR7 shoes. Among the series are variants such as:
- Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7
- Nike MercurialX Vortex III CR7
- Nike MercurialX Victory VI CR7
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One of CR7’s big rivals is Lionel Messi. Coming out as Barcelona’s top player, Messi’s career in the game was sealed as he went on to receive prestigious awards such as the consecutive Ballon d'Or and the Golden Ball in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Much of his success in the game is dependent on his agility and his determination to push harder. But his football gear also is of top priority. Messi is a firm believer in Adidas as a soccer cleats brand and has collaborated with the footwear mogul to create practical football shoes. The most popular in his series is the Adidas Messi16+ PUREAGILITY shoes.
The Adidas Messi16+ PUREAGILITY may not be within your budget, but here are some other Adidas football shoes you need to try.
Unlike Messi or Ronaldo who choose one brand of football shoes over another, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one athlete that seems to alternate between brands of soccer cleats. The Man-U star is known to switch boots mid-game and favours both Adidas and Nike.
As most footballers do, Ibrahimovic’s preferred choice for Nike would be the Mercurial Vapor X Radiant Reveal series and for Adidas, the Adidas X Stellar Pack cleats. There is much speculation that the Swedish superstar will choose a side, but at the moment it is unclear.
Well, what do you know? Neymar Jr has his own line of shoes from Nike. Can you guess what shoe series he advocates? That’s right – Nike Mercurial.
His signature Nike shoes are found in the Nike Mercurial Vapor XI Neymar FG and the Nike Mercurial Superfly V Neymar Dynamic Fit FG. As Neymar’s style of playing is aggressive, you can expect to be lightweight on your feet with the same cleats he wears.