Why Jamie Vardy Has Been Buying His Own Boots
England striker Jamie Vardy scored the brilliant opening goal in the draw 1-1 with Italy wearing CR7 boots he had picked up from a local sports shop.
Vardy has been supplied with Nike's top of the range boots ever since coming into prominence, but in recent times has not been wearing their latest releases as normal - opting to purchase and wear his own boots in the same way he did when he was playing in the lower echelons of English football.
As per Mike Keegan from the Daily Mail, Vardy's boots split during the 2-1 loss to Everton at the end of January and he is unhappy with the new alternative boot proposed by his sponsors.
Conversely, the 2015/16 Premier League Player of the Season opted to buy the Cristiano Ronaldo-themed Nike Mercurial Superfly boots off his own back and has been sporting them ever since.
Vardy has been enjoying wearing them, netting six times in his last nine games - including THAT stunning volley against West Brom.
Leicester Mercury say that Nike weren't able to send over a custom pair of boots for the game at Wembley last night, resulting in Vardy making another standard purchase himself.
Out of contract with Nike once this season is up, the 31-year old is expected to keep wearing them for the time-being.
The whole situation echoes memories of when Paul Scholes made his Manchester United return in 2012, wearing a pair of £50 boots he bought himself from JJB Sports (now DW Sports).
"I think I trained once with the first team before I came back in January 2012," Scholes recalled on BT Sport.
"I had to sort some boots out so I went down to the local shop and bought a pair of cheap boots for £50 because I hadn't got a sponsor. We couldn't let Nike know because it'd be obvious I was coming back."
Check out the full story in Scholesey's words here:
How did Paul Scholes' Man Utd comeback happen?
• Jones and Fabio were playing CM :see_no_evil:
• Fergie kept it a secret
• Had to buy new boots from JJB :joy:
Scholesey like you've never heard him before... :raised_hands:#FACupTonight pic.twitter.com/lxLDNKZBXz
- Calcio on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 17, 2018