Love him or hate him, Landon Donovan is the best player in U.S. soccer history. The midfielder/forward announced his retirement from club and international soccer in early August and as a tribute to his career WorldSoccerShop.com is giving away a special edition Nike CTR360 hand painted by Football Artist Network’s Chris B. Murray.
The one-of-a-kind piece of soccer art highlights his time with the U.S. men’s national team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and his love for southern California.
The left boot features Donovan with his #21 jersey and youthful look from his World Cup debut in 2002 and includes ‘USMNT 157 Games’ over the toe and ‘Donovan’ along the Nike Swoosh. His #10 is on the heel of the boot.
On the right boot an older Donovan is depicted with his #10 jersey from the 2010 World Cup and ‘USMNT Most Goals’ over the toe and ‘Landon’ along the Nike Swoosh. The heel as ‘LD’.
The ‘LD’ and ‘10’ on the heel of the boot are accompanied by a sunburst element symbolic of Donovan’s influence on both the men’s national team and MLS.
The instep on both boots have an ocean wave while the heel has a pair of sunglasses symbolic of the southern Californian lifestyle. The sunglasses also represent the striker’s humorous side and when he picked up a pair of sunglasses thrown from the stands against El Salvador at the 2013 Gold Cup. He was particularly styling in that match with a goal and 3 assists in the 5-1 win.
The outstep has a celestial view, representative of the primary club of his career, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and ‘USMNT’. The tongue has a soccer ball. The outsole includes ‘CBM’ signature of the artist.
The finished piece was a collaboration between the Football Artist Network and WorldSoccerShop.com to celebrate Donovan’s final game and his career. The canvas for the work is the Nike CTR360 from the reflective pack collection. The white and tonal silver look of the colorway made the perfect canvas for the hand painted work. Donovan wore Nike cleats his entire career with the CTR360 being his cleat of choice.
Donovan will make his final U.S. national team appearance when the Stars and Stripes take on Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, in East Hartford, Connecticut. The game will mark his 157th cap. He will hang up his cleats with the MNT as the USA’s all-time leader in goals with 57, assists with 58, World Cup caps with 12, and 5 World Cup goals.
The stats are equally impressive for his time in Major League Soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes and Galaxy. He has the record for goals with 144 and assists with 136 over his 331 games with each goal and assist over the remainder of the season only adding to his record.