Cristiano Ronaldo took home a record 4th European Golden Boot award with his 48 goals in 35 La Liga this season. The Real Madrid forward closed out the campaign with a hat-trick. It was his 12th multiple goal outing of the 2014/15 season.
The march to the title took the contributions of 6 different colorways of his Nike Mercurial Superfly cleats although the bulk of the work was done wearing his 2 signature colorways, the CR7 Silverware and CR7 Shimmering Black.
The Nike Superfly CR7 Silverware helped Ronaldo finish off the season in style. He posted hat-tricks in 3 (against Getafe, Espanyol, and Sevilla) of the last 4 games of the campaign. The Silverware edition cleat made its on-field debut in El Clásico against Barcelona on March 22 and was responsible for 18 goals.
Ronaldo pulled on the Nike Superfly in the Volt/Hyper Pink for a couple of matches in February and March. He scored 2 goals wearing this colorway.
On January 12, Ronaldo was named the winner of the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time in as many years. Not so surprisingly Nike released a limited edition Superfly cleat for the occasion which Ronaldo took to the field for a two matches. He opened his account in the cleats with a brace against Getafe.
But was then seen kicking out at Cordoba’s Brazilian defender Edimar Fraga and shown a red card bringing a close to the on-field showcase of the cleat.
The first El Clasico of the season announced the arrival of the CR7 Shimmering Black cleat on October 25. He scored 11 goals with the cleats.
The Electric Green/ Hyper Punch colorway was the 2nd most prolific cleat on the season. He knocked home 14 goals on the campaign with this colorway after pulling them on from the 2nd game of the season.
And making 1 appearance and scoring 1 goal on the campaign was the Hyper Punch/Gold colorway. Ronaldo pulled on this pair, probably still in his bag from summer training, for only the season opener against Cordoba.
A great campaign for Ronaldo. The 48 goals were only 2 behind the record haul of 50 set by Lionel Messi in 2012. Ronaldo narrowly beat out Messi for this year’s award. The Barcelona forward knocked in 43 goals from 38 appearances. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero was a distant 3rd place with 26 goals. Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg was in 4th with 31 while 4 players (Barcelona’s Neymar, Inter’s Mauro Icardi, Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, and Verona’s Luca Toni) sharing 5th place.*
This was a record 4th award for Ronaldo who also won the award in 2013/14 as co-winner with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, 2010/11, and 2007/08 when he was still with Manchester United.
* – The point system to determine the European Golden Boot weights goal differently depending on the league. Europe’s top 5 leagues have goals weighted by a factor of 5 while the other leagues have goals weighted at a factor of 1.5 per goal.
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What do you think was Ronaldo’s best look in 2014/15 La Liga campaign? Did you like his look better on the way to the 2013 Ballon d’Or?