Unisport Boot Spots | New boots for the cream of the crust


Written by Mathias Boughey-Svendsen

It’s been a weekend of derbies and comebacks around the world. We explore what boots were worn throughout last week. It’s a big one!

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) - Nike Tiempo Legend 6 blackout

The return of a legend in Los Angeles, as Landon Donovan quite surprisingly came out of retirement to help out Galaxy. Last time he played was in 2014, but he still featured in his first game available, where he went for a modest choice of boots. Blackout Tiempo Legend 6’s probably means he is yet to get a boot contract, but for a Team USA legend like him it shouldn’t be too hard to get Nike on the phone again.

Neymar (Barcelona) - Nike Mercurial Vapor X Hypervenom custom

We won’t doddle around with the whole Hypervenom/Mercurial issue, because after all this time we all know he is playing in the Vapor X. Although Barcelona ended up losing the game, where they had a total of 950 career goals on the bench, it was still good to see Neymar back in Blaugrana.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - Nike Mercurial Superfly V Elite Pack

Another superstar back was Cristiano Ronaldo, who also marked his return to action with a pair of Elite Pack boots. He was the last player to jump in the boots, so completed the set for Nike. Him being CR7 he naturally also scored 9 minutes into the game. Just to prove he hasn’t lost his thunder.

Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) - Nike Hypervenom Phantom

You might be fooled into thinking these were just the Spark Brilliance Pack Hypervenom, but you’d be wrong. It looks like Thiago is still not ready to shelve his first generation Hypervenom boots, because this weekend he stepped onto the pitch in the Intense Heat Pack colourway. Sneaky sneaky…

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - adidas ACE 16+ PureControl

If it wasn’t because he had such beautiful boots, then we honestly wouldn’t have noticed him at all. Paul Pogba played the Manchester Derby in adidas ACE 16+ PureControl Viper Pack boots from adidas, but unfortunately had a pretty poor showing. He was lacking intensity in his play, which he has to pick up.

Harry Forrester (Glasgow Rangers) - Nike Mercurial Vapor XI Blackout

At the same time and a few hundred miles north, a game was being played that certainly never lacks intensity. The Old Firm derby is always an experience and although it turned out fairly one-sided, the boots on display raised a few talking points. Joey Barton inexplicably is wearing Mercurial, which is certainly not his type of boot. Harry Forrester is slightly better suited and does it in style by wearing a pair of the Pitch Dark Pack Vapor XI, where he has even blacked out the large Swoosh.