The Reason Why Mats Hummels Cuts Holes In His Boots
Mats Hummels has once again been wearing boots with holes at the front during Borussia Dortmund's pre-season.
The German defender, who is in his second spell with BVB after rejoining from Bayern Munich in a £33 million move, was back in Dortmund colours for the first friendly of pre-season against FC Schweinberg.
He did so wearing new boots from the Adidas Copa 19.1 'Virtuoso Pack' but made sure he customised them in his own unique way.
As noted Footy Headlines, Hummels has had holes cut in his cleats - something the 30-year old has done on more than one occasion in the past.
But this isn't just a fashion statement from Hummels. When he cut holes in both boots back in 2017 during a game between Bayern and Dortmund, Hummels explained the reason behind his decision,.
"I can not put a lot of pressure on the big toes because they're both blue, they're just a bit broken at the moment, so I hope it will regenerate next week." he told Sky Sports.
When asked if it hampers his game, Hummels said: "There's no harm at all, so I tie the shoe a little tighter, so they sit tight."
We can't think of many other players who intentionally put holes in their boots but do remember Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish wearing old, battered boots last season.
The 23-year old has a boot deal with Nike but persisted with the same pair for superstitious reasons despite them being in poor condition and having rips all over the place.
And after leading his boyhood club to the Premier League, Grealish offered a simple explanation for why he had been channelling his inner Jimmy Grimble.