Cristiano Ronaldo is set to wear the Flash Pack White/Electric Green Nike Mercurial Vapor IX after claiming the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career on Monday night at FIFA’s annual award ceremony.
The Portuguese forward’s stunning form for club and country made him the hot favourite to break Leo Messi’s four year winning streak.
Ronaldo seen Training with the New Boots Yesterday at the Training Session just hours after Ballon D’OR Triumph.
To honour that, Nike will kit out their main Mercurial man with the ‘Flash Pack’ Mercurial Vapor IX that launched in December 2013. Nike’s Flash Pack boots are undoubted fan favourites, however, Nike have – until now – sanctioned it on-pitch support from players.
Featuring reflective technology, the Flash Pack Mercurial IX boots a sublimated graphic printed onto the heel.
When struck by bright lights like camera flashes or stadium lights, the graphic is highly visible – revealing a print that reflects the nature of the boot – in this case, a leopard print, to represent the Mercurial’s lethal speed.
The inner sole and the outsole of this Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Colorway are green, while on the upper appears the pattern of the coat of a fast animal like a hunting-leopard. The pattern on the upper as well as some points on the laces are reflective.
On the inner sole appears the open jaw of a leopard, which is one of the fastest animals on the planet. The outsole of the reflective Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Boot is light green.
The Nike Mercurial Vapor Silo is the most popular Nike cleat on the market, designed for speed and introduced in 1998 as Speed silo. The new Nike Mercurial Vapor X next-generation boot will be unveiled ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Worn by players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Nike will honour the Mercurial silo with a special Nike Mercurial 2014 series, including 4 World Cup inspired Mercurial cleats.
Nike and Ronaldo were left in a precarious position when it comes to celebrating the Real Madrid man’s Ballon d’Or triumph; whilst adidas and Leo Messi have created limited edition boots for the last two years to mark Messi’s individual honours, the adidas/FIFA partnership prevented Nike from doing the same.
We’ve no doubt Cristiano’s cleats will boast a commemorative embroidery, too, just to cap them off as super-special.