Top 5 Boots Worn By Cristiano Ronaldo
When Cristiano Ronaldo has the ball at his feet, the world stops to gape in awe. Some may be quick to point out his perceived selfishness, arrogance and brashness while grudgingly acknowledging his genius, but the fact of the matter is – love him or hate him, you simply can’t ignore Ronaldo.
Because despite his flamboyant personality, when he’s on the field, he lets nothing but his feet do the talking. As important as his feet are the things he wears on them – i.e. his unmissable Nike boots. Ronaldo has worn several boots by Nike, a highly fruitful partnership that began in 2003, and while some have wowed due to their design or colours, there are other boots that are as legendary as the player himself.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 boots worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nike Mercurial Vapor R9
The Vapor R9s, as their name suggests, may have been designed for the Brazilian Ronaldo – popularly known as the Phenomenon – but it was another Ronaldo, then a fresh-faced teenager with Sporting Lisbon, who made them legendary. The legend began way back in the summer of 2003, when Manchester United travelled to Lisbon for a friendly with Sporting CP to commemorate the launch of the Alvalade XXI Stadium.
United, fresh from winning the league, expected an easy match, but were in for a complete shock when they were turned inside-out by a fleet-footed Sporting winger named Ronaldo. Wearing the number 28, Ronaldo completely picked United apart with his speed, much to the chagrin of their players. Then United manager Sir Alex was highly impressed with the boy in silver Mercurial Vapor R9s and wasted no time in signing him for a then-record £12.24 million. The rest, as they say, is history.