It’s probably the only good thing that happens on a Monday: cleat spotting. We’re back with all the talking points from a week full of great cleat spots.
Neymar – Nike Hypervenom Liquid Diamond
Neymar debuted his bespoke Nike Hypervenom “Liquid Diamond” this past week. Released in part as a mark of his eight years with Nike, the cleat is, as its name suggests, inspired by the Brazilian’s affinity for diamonds. Definitely not a cleat for the faint of heart, especially as it quite literally twinkled under floodlights.
Diego Costa – adidas f50 adiZero
Probably the biggest spot of this week was Diego Costa appearing in a white-out pair of the f50 adiZero. His sudden switch suggests that his contract with adidas has come to an end and he is either re-negotiating it or in discussion with other suitors. If he does move away from adidas it will be a massive blow for the brand, especially as he wears their kits for both club and country. Definitely a situation that we will be keeping our eyes on.
Lukas Fabianski – adidas f50 adiZero
Lukas Fabianski was one of a handful of players around Europe who slipped into a soon to be released colourway for the latest f50 adiZero. In contrast to the bright red colourway that the adiZero was released in just a couple of weeks back, this “Core Black/Silver” one is far more low-key. We don’t often see alternative colourways being worn all that much, so its great to see this one get some on-pitch time.
Gaston Ramirez – Umbro Velocita
Gaston Ramirez has become the latest player to join Umbro. The Hull City man had, up until this weekend, been playing in a blacked out version of the Nike Tiempo Legend but now has evidently been snapped up by the British brand. Ramirez was playing in Umbro’s latest, the Velocita, a speed cleat that they hope will compete against the likes of the adiZero and Vapor.
Fernando Torres – adidas Predator Instinct
Fernando Torres surprised everyone last week by wearing a white version of the adidas Kaiser 5 Cup as opposed to his usual Predator Instinct. Potentially after a word from adidas, Torres was back in Preds this week, wearing the #therewillbehaters colourway for the first time since their release a couple of weeks ago.
Santi Cazorla – Puma evoSpeed 1.3
Santi Cazorla and Arsenal were dominant this weekend, beating Aston Villa 5-0. Cazorla was wearing the recently released bright plasma, white and peacoat (who comes up with these colour names?) Puma evoSpeed 1.3, a perfect match with the Gunners’ home kit.
Javier Balboa – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Spanish born former Real Madrid youth player Javier Balboa played a crucial part in Equatorial Guinea’s quarter final victory over Tunisia. While the game was most notable for some horrendous refereeing decisions, Balboa’s badly blacked out Mercurial Superfly’s also caught our eye. Why exactly Balboa has decided to black out his cleats is beyond us – especially as we don’t see him signing a lucrative sponsorship deal anytime soon.
Ben Foster – adidas Predator Instinct Accelerator
Finally this week, Ben Foster changed things up this weekend by opting to wear the brilliant adidas Predator Instinct Accelerator. Released as part of adidas’ celebration of 20 years of Predator, the Instinct Accelerator is a seriously limited edition cleat.