Cristiano Ronaldo signed a lifetime partnership with Nike last week, extending a bond formed back in 2003, when Ronaldo was just a promising young player in Lisbon. Soccer365 looked back and chose ten iconic cleats worn by the Portuguese superstar during his professional career.
10. 2003 Mercurial Vapor
Nothing like the first love. These were the first Nike shoes that Cristiano Ronaldo wore at the beginning of his partnership with the North American brand.
9. 2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 SE
This shiny design was a limited edition that celebrated Ronaldo’s second Ballon D’Or with an appropiate combination of black and gold to represent the glory and honor of winning such an award.
8. 2008 Mercurial Vapor IV SL
A race car-like design was worn by CR7 when Manchester United clinched the 2007/08 Premier League title on the final day of the season with Ronaldo himself scoring a decisive goal. This bright red and gold look went perfectly with the Red Devils’ uniform.
7. 2016 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 Natural Diamond
The CR7 Chapters collection by Nike has been a highlight so far, but the Natural Diamond Superflys will definitely be an all-time favorite. Not only they feature a nice color palette, but also changed the upper to show the transition between a rock and a diamond.
6. 2011 Mercurial Vapor Superfly III CR
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in a 2011 derby wearing these dynamic Mercurial Superfly III, which showcased an eye-catching striped design in gray, black and orange.
5. 2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 Silverware
A design inspired by Ronaldo’s titles and continous hunger for more. He went on to score five goals in a single game for the first time in his succesful career, breaking records for Real Madrid by reaching his 300th goal and 29th hat-trick for the club.
4. 2010 Mercurial Vapor Superfly II CR
These are better known as the CR7 Safari cleats. It was the first signature design for Ronaldo, who went on to score a total of 19 goals with them. A hard-to-forget wild look that kicked-off a series of beautiful signature cleats.
3. 2014 Mercurial Vapor IX CR
Clean as it gets. Cristiano Ronaldo won his first FIFA Ballon D’Or in 2013, breaking Lionel Messi’s hegemomy. To celebrate, Nike designed a classy colorway for the Mercurial Vapor IX boots, adding a golden soleplate and black detailing on white base.
2. 2003 Mercurial Vapor R9
Back in 2003, the world was in love with another Ronaldo. The Brazilian phenomenom delighted the globe with his unique style and deadly gameplay, and his cleats were worn by many players who aspired to be as great as he once was. We can certainly say that Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved that goal.
1. 2008 Mercurial Vapor SL
Carbon Fiber. That’s everything you need to know about these cleats. This special edition of the Mercurial Vapor shoes was made entirely of that material, creating an unique look that was well used by Ronaldo – than a Manchester United player – in that unforgettable UEFA Champions League final against bitter rivals Chelsea.
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