Now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well and truly under way, with goals galore, shock results and not a bore-draw in sight it's time to take a closer look at the technology filled boots that are running up and down the pitches across Brazil.
The World Cup brings in billions of viewers from around the globe during it’s 4 weeks of action, with companies and mega sporting brands such a Nike, adidas and PUMA all looking to get as much exposure from the tournament as possible. One way they’re able to do that is by supplying the worlds footballing elite with the best and most advance performance football boots on the planet, meaning they’ll be on show for the world to see.
When Ronaldo scores a 30 yard free-kick, what will you see? Nike’s Mercurial Superfly’s illuminating the screen. When Messi beats five players and runs the length of the pitch to score a wonder goal, what will you see? A pair of adidas adizero f50 Messi streaking across the pitch. But with all these boots on show, which are the best?
Here we’re going to judge those brands efforts and pick our top five football boots of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
5. Nike HyperVenom (worn by Neymar)
Designed by Nike for a new breed of attacker who’s agile and deceptive with deadly killer instinct, the new HyperVenom Phantom SG-Pro football boots feature revolutionary NikeSkin ACC technologies.
4. PUMA evoSPEED (worn by Sergio Aguero)
Its design is an optimized blend of light, fit, and flex which maximizes performance without sacrificing stability and comfort. Their smooth curves and dynamic airflow lines are translated into the boot’s graphics. Equipped with speedCELL, the boot features a new, lighter-than-ever microfiber upper with a 3D transparent print for better grip in wet conditions.
3. adidas adizero F50 Messi Battle Pack (worn by Lionel Messi)
Channel the untouchable speed and dazzling agility of the man they call “la Pulga Atomica.” In an exclusive Messi design for the 2014 games, these football boots are what Lionel will be wearing to play on Brazilian soil. Light, fast and responsive. The high-speed outsole is designed specifically for quick turns and blazing speed on firm natural pitches.
2. Nike Mercurial (worn by Cristiano Ronaldo)
Created for explosive speed on soft ground, the range of Nike Mercurial boots, including the Mercurial Superfly that CR7 wears, are engineered with a revolutionary Flyknit upper, Dynamic Fit Collar and a responsive carbon plate.
1. Nike Magista (worn by Andres Iniesta)
Designed by Nike for attacking playmakers who dictate play and create the attacks on firm ground, the innovative Magista football -much like the Nike Mercurial Superfly boots – feature a revolutionary Dynamic Fit Collar and Flyknit upper.