This list was obviously very difficult to make as Nike has produced some really timeless boots in its time. Our list will rate the boots on the quality of the boot, the impact it had on the culture, the timelessness and how it benefited Nike. We shall go straight into it:
5) Nike Mercurial Superfly
Who used it: Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan
Built-in sock. That is exactly how we are going to start our countdown. Nike, arguably the most innovative brand, produced a shoe…with a built-in sock. And the final product is amazing. The geniuses at Nike’s headquarters continue to set trends in the sporting world with their out of box thinking. This boot is obviously not the most difficult boot to market as it is Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred.
4) Nike Tiempo Ronaldinho R10
Who used it: Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho wore them. That should be enough for them to get into the top 3 at least. It had a touch like you had a boot of steel and the ball was the magnet. Not only was the touch sublime, but you got the best precision out of this boot. It made footy a bit easier.
3) Nike Mercurial Vapors
Who used it: Ronaldo, Thierry Henry
Showcased to the world just before the 2002 World Cup began. It gained mega exposure after Ronaldo led Brazil to their 5th World Cup win and ever since then, there have many variations of this boot. Built mainly for speed and grip, Nike had outdone themselves on the technical front.
2) Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III
Who used it: Wayne Rooney, Roberto Carlos
This boot was so close to being number one, but it shall live in second place for now. Everybody had to get their hands on this boots. I mean, I saw so many youths wearing the indoor version of the 90 Air Zoom III as casual shoes. These boots were revolutionary. Simple design, simple colours. It was the first boot to not have a tongue as well. Many feel that this boot was a big leap forward not only for Nike, but for football boots in general. P.S. it also produced one of the most timeless football adverts…
1) Nike Mercurial (R9)
Who used it: Ronaldo, Boy Wonder, El Fenomeno, The Kid, The King, Greatest of All Time
In 1996 Nike made the best decision of their existence…sponsoring the entire Brazilian National Football Team. The Renny Man wants to fast forward to two years later though. When it was the majestic summer of 1998 in France where this story unfolds. Where Ronaldo AKA El Fenomeno AKA The Youngest Ballon D’Or winner ever put on his Nike Mercurial Colourway. Weird boot to most then, when majority of the boots were black, but that was the start of something great. The lightest boot by a country mile in the 90’s (although heavy compare to modern day boots), it was the best boot, for the best player. It owns its place at number 1 due to how much it did for Nike as a company and of course…due to the fact that the greatest striker of all time wore it (quote me on that).
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