What a week of football. Here’s the best of what we spotted in a week brimming to the top with action.
Lionel Messi – adidas f50 adiZero Pibbe de Barr10
We start with the one of the victors of this weekend’s el Classico. Lionel Messi debuted his first signature adiZero of 2015, dubbed the Pibbe de Barr10. The Pibe de Barr10 (Pibe de Barrio translates as ‘kid of the neighbourhood’ pays homage to Messi’s roots playing on the streets of Las Heras in his hometown Roasrio, and his journey to becoming one of the greatest players of all time. Some have complained that this looks eerily similar to a signature Messi cleat released last year, but regardless it is yet another homage to the great man.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Silverware
Not to be outdone by his biggest rival on the cleat front, Cristiano Ronaldo also debuted his latest Mercurial Superfly CR7 in this weekend’s derby. The CR7 Silverware features, as its name suggests, a shimmering silver upper inspired by the trophies that Ronaldo has won, and this season is fighting to win. While Messi may have won the el Classico, we reckon Ronaldo’s nicked it on the cleat front.
Gareth Bale – adidas f50 adiZero
Last el Classico spot, we promise. Gareth Bale was the third high profile player debuting a signature colourway, as he slipped into his exclusive white/black adiZero for the first time. We’ve seen Bale training in these since the adiZeros initial release a couple of months ago, but adidas were seemingly waiting for the Clasico for their full debut. Definitely a clean cleat that goes perfectly with the Madrid home kit – top marks.
Angel di Maria – adidas Blackout
Angel di Maria was spotted training in a mysterious, we presume, adidas blackout. Di Maria joins a long list of players, including Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez, who have been spotted training in this mysterious new cleat. We highly doubt that this is a new adiZero, with some saying that this could be a completely new cleat. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any further spottings.
Jesus Navas – Nike Mercurial Superfly
We reported a couple of weeks back that Jesus Navas had parted ways with adidas and it still remains a mystery where who he will sign with next. Navas was wearing a shoddily blacked out pair of the “Shine Through” Superflys in mid-week, an unusual sighting especially considering he’s a high profile player. Rumors have been rife about who he’s set to sign with – New Balance, anyone?
Ikay Gundogan – adidas f50 adiZero
Or, will Navas pull an Ikay Gundogan and sign with adidas? Gundogan had been wearing blacked out Nike cleats all season up until this week, when he switched into the adiZero. Gundogan looks set to be the real deal in the next couple of years, so one imagines this is a pretty big signing for adidas, especially as he will be donning their kit while on national team duty with Germany.
Daisuke Suzuki – Under Armour Clutchfit
Daisuke Suzuki’s kit, cleat matching is on point. The Kawisha Reysol man wore a bright yellow pair of the UA Clutchfit that went perfectly with his almost identically coloured kit. We’ve never seen this colourway before, suggesting that UA might be following the lead of other brands such as adidas and Umbro by releasing specific colourways for the far east Asian market.
Yosuke Kashiwagi – adidas adiPure 11Pro
We finish this week with an absolute cracker of a customization. Kashiwagi has taken to miAdidas to craft this red/black adidas adiPure 11Pro that goes brilliantly with the Urawa kit. Its always cool to see professionals trying their hand at designing their own pair of cleats, and Kashiwagi has done a better job than most.