Another thrilling week of football along with a rush of boot releases provided us with some great cleat spots. Here are the best of the lot.
Lionel Messi – adidas f50 adIZero
Lionel Messi gave his exclusive ‘Blaugrana’ f50 adiZero colourway its debut during Barcelona’s opening Champions League fixture. This colourway is set to be worn by Messi only during Champions League fixtures, while for all other occasions the Argentine will be in the exclusive yellow adiZero released after the World Cup.
Jamie Vardy – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Three years ago Jamie Vardy was playing for Fleetwood Town in the Conference Premier. On Sunday he was the Man of the Match during Leicester’s incredible 5-3 win over Manchester United. Vardy was incredible against Manchester United’s mega-millions side, and announced himself on the national stage while wearing Nike’s latest Hypervenom Phantom colourway.
Pepe – Umbro Speciali
The most intriguing boot spot from this week was Pepe switching back into Umbro boots. Back in October of 2012 Pepe left Umbro and put pen to paper on a lucrative new sponsorship deal with Nike with the American brand allegedly looking to make him one of their biggest players, particularly in Portugal. Two years on however, and Pepe’s decision to wear the Umbro Speciali during Real’s opener against Basel in the Champions League suggests that his time with Nike is over. What makes the switch all the more intriguing is the suddenness of it all, as three days earlier Pepe had been wearing the Nike Tiempo Legend.
Ronaldinho – Nike Tiempo Legend V
One man who is not switching away from Nike any time soon is Ronaldinho. The 34 year old maestro scored on his league debut for Mexican side Querétaro and did so while wearing the latest colourway of his beloved Nike Tiempo Legend. A true legend of the game, Ronaldinho has a special relationship with the Tiempo line. Back when he was in his prime, Nike released a number of beautiful Tiempo colourways just for Ronladinho, all of which carried the 10R label on them.
Joe Hart – Nike Magista Obra
We have featured Joe Hart a number of times this season as we were closely following his move away from Umbro. Following a couple of months of trying to decide between Puma or Nike, Hart looks to have permanently settled with the latter after he was spotted in the new Magista Obra colourway that was released just last week. Hart is a massive catch for Nike, as the brand sponsor both Manchester City and England.
Samuel Eto’o – Puma EvoSpeed
Up until fairly recently Samuel Eto’o was Puma’s biggest name in football and was one of football’s highest paid players thanks in part to the lucrative deal he had with the brand. Now 33 and playing for his 9th club, the most decorated African player of all time looks to have ended his relationship with “The Cat”. Eto’o was spotted in a — badly — blacked out pair of the Puma evoSpeed during Everton’s game this weekend against Crystal Palace, indicating that he is in a state of limbo in regards to sponsorship.
Yannick Bolasie – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Playing against Eto’o this weekend was Crystal Palace and Yannick Bolasie. Bolasie seems to be a player who loves his boots, having worn the Puma v1.10’s, the adidas adiZero and most notably the limited edition Nike GreenSpeed in the past. Bolasie recently switched into the “Stealth Pack” Nike Mercurial Superfly and after scoring Palace’s winner against Everton, we imagine he will be sticking with the boot for some time.
Mauricio Pinilla – Umbro GeoFlare
Lastly this week we have Mauricio Pinilla. While the Chilean was one of Umbro’s key men at the World Cup instead of wearing the GeoFlare colourway the brand openly said he was going to, he turned out in a completely different, unreleased one. Pinilla has now switched out of what he wore at the World Cup, and into the latest “Snow Camo” GeoFlare that Umbro gave a quiet release to recently.
That does it for this week’s cleat spotting! Let us know if we missed any of your favorite players or boots!