This past weekend played host to the season finale for many of the European domestic leagues and Soccer Confidential was on hand to catch the best footwear choices for this week’s cleat spotting.
David Beckham (Custom adidas Predator LZ II)
The world paid tribute to one of the game’s greats this past week as David Beckham played his last minutes as a professional soccer player in a career that has lasted over an incredible two decades. Following a long and lucrative history of partnering with the English midfielder, adidas gifted Golden Balls with a bespoke pair of the recently released Predator LZ II cleats.
Xabi Alonso (adidas Nitrocharge 1.0)
The fulcrum of Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso is as deserving of a pair of Nitrocharge cleats as any out there. His metronomic presence and wide array of passes has led him to become one of the most team’s influential figures under Jose Mourinho as well as for Spain and Vincente Del Bosque. The former adiPure and Predator LZ wearer dominates matches from the center of the park, making him a perfect match for the recently released adidas Nitrocharge 1.0.
Mesut Ozil (adidas Predator LZ II)
Joining his colleague in this edition of cleat spotting is Mesut Ozil and his brand new adidas Predator LZ II cleats. The German playmaker has been having contractual disagreements with former sponsors Nike this past season, but his move to adidas seems all but confirmed now as he gave the new cleats their on-field debut during the Copa Del Rey clash against city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Radamel Falcao (PUMA evoSpeed 1.2)
After wearing the controversial Camo version of the cleats for the past couple fixtures, Radamel Falcao finally unveiled the new PUMA evoSpeed 1.2 in its full glory as he led his team to victory in the King’s Cup over Real Madrid. The victory is reportedly his last ever with Atletico Madrid as he is rumored to be a transfer target of Monaco, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester City, so it will be interesting to see where he and his new evoSpeeds end up next season.
Jamie Carragher (adidas Predator LZ)
Although not quite as influential as David Beckham on a global scale, any Merseysider will argue that their centerback is just as deserving of legendary status.
Carragher has made over a staggering 500 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool and played his last ever match at Anfield this past weekend. Despite the release of the garish Predator LZ II, Carragher fittingly and symbolically wore a pair of understated but classy black and red first edition adidas Predator LZs.
Mauro Icardi (adidas F50 adiZero)
The young Sampdoria forward sealed victory for his side over the recently crowned Serie A champions Juventus this past week by scoring the third in a thrilling 3-2 victory. He sported the brand new infrared and white colorway for the adidas F50 adiZero.
Gareth Bale (adidas F50 adiZero)
The PFA Player of the Year, Gareth Bale, joined Icardi in wearing the recently released adidas F50 adiZero colorway as his side took on Sunderland in the final game of the Premier League season. Although he scored a typical screamer to earn all three points for his side, he could not stop his Tottenham from falling just short of a coveted UEFA Champions League place.
Branislav Ivanovic (Nike T90 Laser IV Clash Colorway)
Chelsea’s defenders seem to score more than their fair share of goals, but none will be more important than Branislav Ivanovic’s game winner in the dying minutes of the UEFA Europa League Finale between the Blues and Benfica. The Serbian lit up the Amsterdam arena with his looping header, which sealed even more European silverware for the London club. He interestingly stuck to his trusty pair of Clash Nike T90 Laser IV cleats, so what he will wear when the range is discontinued in favor of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom is a mystery.
Juan Roman Riquelme (adidas adiPure 1)
The Argentine midfielder showed that he is still well capable of scoring golazos as he netted one of the goals of the year from 40 yards out this past week. The wonder strike helped contribute to a 2-1 aggregate victory over rival Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. Riquelme sported a pair of blue and white adidas adiPure 1 cleats, a curious choice for such a high profile player, at least in Latin America. Maybe we will see adidas outfit him in either the new Predator LZ II or the Nitrocharge 1.0 soon?
Robin Van Persie (adidas adiPower Predator)
The Dutchman is one of our most regular players to feature in cleat spottings and we felt it was only right to give him and his slime adidas adiPower Predator cleats one last spot in the limelight. He claimed the Premier League Golden Boot by taking his total tally to 26 with one last goal for the season against West Brom. We cannot believe adidas will let him wear the cleats next season as well, so this should be a final farewell to one of the highest goal scoring cleats of all time.
That is it for this week’s edition of cleat spotting. Which spots did you enjoy most and were there any that we missed? Leave your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.
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