Seven chapters of Cristiano Ronaldo’s football shoes
With the release of the last seventh design complementing the existing series of football shoes, we can now take a look back at each of the unique stories of Cristiano Ronaldo together with Nike Mercurial.
If you thought the last chapter of this extensive series marks the end of the era of Cristiano Ronaldo with Nike, you were wrong. Just like before, even after the series we can look forward to further spectacular cooperation with this Portuguese master. The seven chapters of the CR7’s path from picturesque Madeira to the top of the football world bring something unusual, though. Nike pays tribute to the success of its alpha male of the last decade in the way worthy of one of the best football players ever.
Chapter 1: Savage Beauty
The first of the seven signed models – Savage Beauty Mercurial – was inspired by the volcanic island of Madeira, the home to Cristiano. He grew up there, surrounded by one of the most destructive natural power, which is mirrored by his wild passion, dynamics, and skills on the pitch. These are reflected by the colourful artwork, full of energy, which smoothly passes from the tip to the heel.
Chapter 2: Natural Diamond
Model Natural Diamond was inspired by the moment when Ronaldo left Madeira to make his dream of becoming the best player in the world come true. Its design pays tribute to the process during which CR7 polished and improved his style: a glistening upper and a rough structure on the heel which gets smoothed out towards the tip.
Chapter 3: Discovery
The third model from this series was inspired by Ronaldo’s performance on August 6, 2003. This game which took place in Lisbon clearly showed that Ronaldo was one of the brightest talents in Europa and won him a transfer to Manchester United. Its design celebrates this moment by fine artwork playing with reflective dots that form a wave. This was inspired by the classic model of Mercurial Vapor shoes which Ronaldo was wearing when the world noticed him for the very first time.
Chapter 4: Forged for Greatness
Forged for Greatness, inspired by Ronaldo’s time spent in Manchester United, is a celebration of the moment when CR became CR7. The shoe celebrates his explosive five years in England where he was wearing the famous shirt with No. 7 on the back and when this rough talent became a legend known all over the world. Its outsole, completely scarlet, and its metallic upper inspired by the colour of melted steel reflect this Ronaldo’s transformation.
Chapter 5: Cut to Brilliance
A record-breaking transfer took Ronaldo to Madrid where he polished his style to perfection. This shoe is a tribute to the greatest moments of his unique career. A simple, pure, checkered pattern on the upper was inspired by the first model of the Mercurial shoes which he was wearing in his first game for Real Madrid. The multi-coloured Flyknit jersey in combination with the upper changing its colours is supposed to remind of light reflected in brilliant and be a symbol of Ronaldo’s breath-taking records.
Chapter 6: Born Leader
This sixth chapter from the legacy of CR7 football shoes tells a story of Ronaldo’s ability to lead Portugal to victory either right on the pitch or behind the sidelines. The colours of this special model from the Superfly 360 series were inspired by away shirts the Portuguese national team used to wear. Embellished with a spherical astrolabe, inspired by the naval history of this country.
Chapter 7: Built on Dreams
The final iteration is a culmination of the unique stories paying tribute to Ronaldo’s iconic No. 7 in the artwork on the tip of the shoe. At the same time, its carbon plate under the heel is a symbol of one of the most popular pairs of Mercurial shoes of Cristiano himself. The sharp red turning into silver decorates its upper.
Which of the chapters of this unique series of CR7 shoes did you like the best?
Jakub Jonáš - Top4Football.