James Rodriguez – adidas Primeknit 2.0
The big story of this week was the launch of the Primeknit 2.0, adidas’ all new technologically groundbreaking cleat. James Rodriguez was one of a whole plethora of players who switched into the Primeknit 2.0, first wearing the cleat during mid-week Champions League action. Weirdly enough, during Madrid’s weekend game at Celta Vigo, James only got through the first half in the Primeknit, opting to switch into the adiZero for the second. We saw the same happen to Luis Suarez with the first Primeknit back prior to the World Cup, perhaps a sign that they’re not the easiest to break into?
Luis Suarez – adidas adiZero
Making things even more complicated was Luis Suarez’s decision to not wear the Primeknit at all against Espanyol on Saturday. Suarez was meant to be the main man for the Primeknit, and though he wore them in midweek, for whatever reason he decided against them on the weekend. A very strange one, and we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled to see if he switches back into them or has ditched them completely.
Sergio Aguero – Puma evoSpeed 1.3 Dragon
Following up the launch of the evoPower Dragon, last week Puma unveiled the evoSpeed Dragon. As expected, the face of the evoSpeed, Sergio Aguero, switched into the Japanese inspired cleat for City’s clash against Aston Villa. A great looking cleat that maintains Puma’s reputation of being a brand that isn’t afraid to be bold with its designs.
Esturo Hara – adidas adiZero
Apparently we missed the brief that wearing different coloured adiZeros is now the thing to do. At the end of March we spotted Tomoaki Makino, pulling off the different colourway look and now his compatriot Etsuro Hara has gone for more or less the same. We like it but we’re not sure if we understand it.
Olivier Giroud – Puma evoPower 1.3 Dragon
After Cesc Fabregas was given the exclusive right to debut the evoPower 1.3 Dragon last weekend, Olivier Giroud has followed suit and switched into Puma’s latest power cleat. Giroud was in good company, as Bayern Munich’s Dante also made the switch into the new evoPower colourway.
Tim Cahill – New Balance
The Tim Cahill show has finally made its mark in China. Despite making his debut back on the 9th of March, Tim Cahill only just opened his account for his new side this past weekend, capping it off with his trademark celebration. Cahill is also probably the sole representative of New Balance anywhere in Asia, let alone China, and was wearing the brand’s mysterious prototype for the momentous occasion.
Dani Carvajal – Nike Tiempo Prototype
As per usual we’re ending with something special. Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal was spotted training in what, we assume, is the next generation Nike Tiempo Legend. While there were rumours that Nike were to discontinue the Tiempo, we’ve got it on good information that they were nothing more than exactly that. If these pictures are anything to go by, it looks as if Nike’s oldest silo could be getting a very modern re-up.