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Lightweight, reliable and good looking – it’s not surprise that in the adidas F50 adiZero’s 5 year history it has quickly become one of the most popular cleats in the world. Today we’re paying homage to the trend-setting cleat by looking at the five best players to have ever worn the adidas F50 adiZero (no prizes for guessing who’s number one).

# 5 David Villa

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Five years ago and in time for the 2010 World Cup, adidas released the first ever adiZero. Replacing the old F50i, the adiZero raised the bar in terms of lightweightness, beating out its closest competitor at the time, the Mercurial Superfly, by an entire ounce. One of the first faces of the adiZero was David Villa who, at the time, was one of the biggest names in world football. Villa was joint top scorer at the South Africa World Cup and subsequently joined Barcelona in a big money move. Now Spain’s all time top-scorer and at the twilight of his career, Villa has to be considered one of the greatest to have worn the adiZero.

#4 James Rodriguez

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Though a player that has relatively recently reached international superstardom, James Rodriguez has been with the adiZero from the very beginning. Coinciding with his move across the Atlantic to play for Porto, James switched into the adiZero from the Predator for the 2010-11 season. In the season since his golden cleat winning World Cup in Brazil, James has quickly become one of the adiZero’s biggest players. At the beginning of the season, he was presented with a bespoke golden adiZero and then went on to be the main man wearing the mind-bogglingly light adiZero Crazylight.

#3 Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale needs no introduction. James’ teammate is another superstar that has been with the adiZero from the very beginning after wearing the Predator during the early stages of his career. This season alone Bale has worn some pretty special adiZeros including his very own miAdidas version of the latest generation. Without a doubt though, the F50 adiZero Yamamoto that Bale wore in this season’s UEFA Champions League has to take the cake. A completely out of this world design, in a combined blue and green colourway – what’s not to love?

Read More: adidas F50: Changing the Game! (A Short History of the adiZero)

#2 Luis Suarez

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Camp Nou on March 8, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
A Nike man in his younger days, Luis Suarez was quickly snapped up by adidas as he rose to prominence with Dutch club Ajax. Though now an established face of the adiZero, Suarez will probably be best remembered for his prominent role in this season’s “There Will Be Haters” campaign (because, let’s be honest, Suarez epitomises that tagline). In recognition of his central role, Suarez was the only player who wore the incredible, limited edition, Love/Hate adiZero F50 when it was released back in March. Named as such because the left cleat featured a design based on love, while the right featured one based on hate, this was easily one of the cleats of the season.

#1 Lionel Messi

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 21: Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on April 21, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
No surprises here. Lionel Messi has become completely synonymous with the adidas adiZero. Though also a Nike man in his youth (shh), Messi has understandably become the face of adidas football, let alone the adiZero. Since the release of his first signature F50 back in the 2008/09 season, adidas have released a staggering 16 bespoke cleats for Messi.

His first signature adiZero was, the now iconic, Messi Ballon d’Or, a sleek gold/black colorway that was something of a representation of Messi’s superstardom. Since then he’s had a colorway produced for every possible reason in the book: one for his 27th birthday, one for the World Cup, one for him becoming Barcelona’s record goalscorer, and most recently, in tribute to his hometown. With the latest, the Pibe de Barr10, being his last adiZero, replaced by the recently unveiled MESSI15 cleats.

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