The first week of the World Cup has sparked some incredible moments for soccer fans. Along with the hugely entertaining first round of matches came some awesome boot spots, and we have all of them right here.
Marcelo – adidas adiZero Battle Pack
Marcelo had the misfortune of scoring the first goal of the World Cup. The Brasil defender turned the ball into his own net during his side’s opening match against Croatia. Luckily for Marcelo, two goals from Neymar and one from Oscar meant that the own goal was not as significant as it could have been. Like countless others he was wearing the adidas Battle Pack adiZeros, one of the five boots released specially for the World Cup.
Robin Van Persie – adidas adiZero
RVP was the MVP as the Netherlands coasted to an astonishing 5-1 win over World Champions Spain. The Manchester United striker first scored an outrageous diving header to bring the Dutch level with Los Rojas, and then embarrassed Iker Casillas by stealing the ball from him for his second. Rather interestingly, Van Persie was not wearing the Battle Pack adiZeros like one would expect a player contracted to adidas would do. Instead, he turned out in the yellow/orange colourway released towards the end of the season.
Javier Hernandez – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
While his performance was far from it, Javier Hernandez made a notable boot switch opting for the an interesting version of the Nike Mercurial Vapor X instead of the Tiempos he has worn previously. The Vapor X was released at the same time of the Mercurial Superfly, but has not received near as much attention as the latter. In the same vein we doubt that many other players will be wearing the Vapor X, which features a micro-fibre upper as opposed to a Flyknit one.
Tim Cahill – Warrior Sports Superheat
Tim Cahill turned back the clock with a trademark header but could do little as his Australia side fell to defeat in their first group match. The New York Red Bulls man is contracted to Warrior Sports and was wearing the brand’s speed boot, the SuperHeat. While normally Thomas Ince is the face of the boot, as he is not at the World Cup we imagine Cahill will be the primary SuperHeat wearer.
Mauricio Pinilla – Umbro GeoFlare
While we expected to see Pinilla in a new pair of the Umbro GeoFlare, we did not expect him to be wearing this particular colourway. Umbro released a camo-green GeoFlare colourway especially for the World Cup, and said that Pinilla was going to wear them. Instead, in keeping with his unpredictable nature he opted for a completely different colourway that has yet to be officially revealed by the brand.
Lionel Messi – adidas adiZero Battle Pack
At first it seemed like Lionel Messi was once again going to flop on the biggest stage of all, after a lacklustre first half performance for Argentina. However a moment that can be described only as trademark Messi scrapped any such notion, handing his team victory in the process. During the match Messi was wearing his special Battle Pack adiZero colourway, created just for him. Unlike all of the other colourways that only feature black, white and orange Messi’s has a patriotic splash of blue down the middle.
Sergio Romero – adidas adiZero
Messi’s teammate Sergio Romero was wearing a completely different kind of personalised adiZero. The goalkeeper, who judging by the fact he was wearing the Nike Magista prior to the tournament, does not have a contract with any brand. As a result, Romero blacked out a pair of the adiZero, a look that ultimately goes well with his all-black kit.
Keisuke Honda – Mizuno Wave Ignitus III
Keisuke Honda opened his World Cup with a very well taken goal against the Ivory Coast. Japan’s golden boy was wearing the suitably gold/black Mizuno Wave Ignitus III World Cup colourway. The biggest talking point of Mizuno’s power boot is the intriguing Mukaiten panel, which Honda is an expert at using while taking his trademark free-kicks.
That does it for this week’s Cleat Spotting! Enjoy the games this week and if we missed any players and boots be sure to let us know!