While we may have been deprived of the excitement surrounding Europe’s top leagues thanks to the drab international break, we were nonetheless treated to some great boot spots. Here are the best of the lot.
Neymar – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Neymar was the hot story of the international break as the Brazilian star not only made his national team return after being stretchered out of his home World Cup, but was also named captain for a friendly against Colombia. The Barcelona man also provided us with a great boot spot as he ended up switching out of his signature gold Nike Hypervenom Phantoms in favor of the more conventional red/yellow colorway. An interesting switch to say the least – could it be that Neymar is symbolically leaving the World Cup behind by ditching the boots he wore for the latter stages of the tournament?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
Super Zlatan became Sweden’s all time top goalscorer with a suitably outrageous back-heel during his country’s 2-0 win over Estonia. For the occasion, Ibrahimovic was wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor X as opposed to the allegedly top of the line Superfly. Current boots aside, surely Zlatan’s latest achievement, let alone his standing as one of the world’s best players, warrant a personalised colorway from Nike?
Frank Nouble – Nike Mercurial Vapor IX
We have not seen this colorway in a while. Coventry City’s Frank Nouble was spotted in one of the ‘tropical’ colourways Nike released for the Mercurial Vapor IX back in April of last year. The Tropical Pack was one of the first Brazil-inspired packs released by Nike in the lead up to the World Cup. Despite the three great looking boots in the pack, it never really saw much on-pitch time, making this spot all the better.
Joe Hart – Puma EvoPower 1.0
After parting ways with Umbro it looked as if Joe Hart had gone down the Nike route. While he still stuck with the Nike Magista Obra during England’s match against Norway, Hart was spotted kitted out in Puma gear during training. The England number one was not only wearing the Puma evoPowers on his feet, but was also testing out the evoSpeed gloves. Definitely a player to watch to see which brand he ends up choosing.
Joseph Chipolina – adidas f50 adiZero
As one of the few professional players on Gibraltar’s national team, one could say that Joseph Chipolina is a Lionel Messi of sorts. Chipolina was spotted in Messi’s “light up the pitch” f50 adiZero that was released back in June of last year during Gibraltar’s 7-0 demolition by Poland.
Henrique – adidas Predator Instinct
Henrique was spotted in a Predator Instinct colorway that is a pretty rare sight on the pitch. The Brazilian was spotted in this white-out Predator Instinct that is a far cry from some of the super high vis boots that adidas have put out thus far.
Mario Gotze – Nike Magista Obra
Despite scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final while wearing the release yellow Magista Obra colorway, Mario Gotze has switched into the lower key black/volt/hyper punch colorway. While we got our first glimpse of this colorway when the Magista was originally released well before the World Cup, Nike only made it available after the World Cup.
Kevin Akpoguma – adidas f50 adiZero
Finally we have this nice bit of customization from German defender Kevin Akpoguma. The U-21 national team player has created a white/blue adiZero colourway for himself that looks great on pitch.