Nike Have Released A Tribute To The Iconic Mercurials Wore By Ronaldo In 1998
Nike have confirmed the release of Mercurial Puro Fenomeno football boots.
The new cleats are a tribute to the legendary Brazilian Ronaldo, who was nicknamed 'O Fenomeno' because of his jaw-dropping talents.
In 1998, R9 famously sported an iconic pair of boots during the World Cup, where he scored four goals as Brazil finished as runners up and were beaten in the final by hosts France.
The colour scheme combination of silver, yellow and blue on the boots still live long in the memory, and the latest release of a pair of Mercurial boots takes great inspiration from the glorious boots produced nearly 20 years ago.
They also pay homage the current Brazilian sensation, Neymar, who wore a second 'Mercurial Superfly II' edition of the boots, when he burst onto the scene and made his international debut seven years ago. He also scored his first goal for the Selecao wearing the boots.
@Ronaldo :point_right: @Neymarjr. Inspired by yesterday's phenom. Worn by today's. The NJR Puro Fenomeno #Mercurial Vapor is available today on Nike.com/Bootroom ⠀ -- #Nike #Football #Soccer #NikeFootball #NikeSoccer #Neymar #NeymarJr #NJR #Brasil
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Footy Headlines had been speculating about Nike putting a modern twist on one of the most popular and recognisable pair of boots for a while and now it's actually happened - with the boots available to purchase from Nike's online store.
Two-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo told Nike that the boots "changed the game".
"I was part of the development of Mercurial since its beginning and that boot was at some point just part of my foot," he said.
"It was an amazing project to be part of and the results were wonderful - writing a new chapter in the history of boots."
The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan marksman also couldn't be happier to see the boots get a re-release and is ecstatic that Neymar is the recipient.
"The partnership between Neymar and Mercurial is perfect. He has this characteristic in his game, he's very fast, can abruptly change direction," he added.
"In football, the boot has to help you perform, not only be there as a footwear, has to be part of you, at your command.
"I feel a connection with Neymar. He's a sensational young man, very balanced, focused, already following a great path. I believe the most important thing is to never ever lose the focus on being happy playing football; that's how he makes many more people happy - watching him play."
The the boots cost £209.95 for the top of the range model, but you can get the lesser versions for £79.95 and £67.95 respectively.
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