A look at the most important Nike Mercurial boots in CR7's career.


Written by Mathias Boughey-Svendsen

In honour of Cristiano Ronaldo and to celebrate his new lifetime contract with Nike, the Swoosh have looked back at CR7’s career and highlighted the boots he wore at key moments in his career.

You can enjoy a fond trip down memory lane below and hear more about how each of the boots influenced his career. Everything from the first Nike Mercurial Vapor he donned in 2003 to the very recent Nike Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Discovery...

Most important Nike boots worn by CR7 in his career:

2003 Mercurial Vapor

The first boot Cristiano Ronaldo wears, as he officially signs for Nike while playing for Lisbon.

2003 Mercurial Vapor R9

After impressing in a friendly betwen Lisbon and Manchester United, Cristiano signs for The Red Devils and moves to England. This is the boot he wore in that friendly.

2004 Mercurial Vapor II R9

Ronaldo scores and wins his first FA Cup title.

2007 Mercurial Vapor III

He wins his first league title, when he wins the Premier League title with Manchester United.

2008 Mercurial Vapor IV SL

Cristiano Ronaldo scores on the final day of the season to help Manchester United win the Premier League. CR7's second league win.

2008 Mercurial Vapor SL

This boot is still one of the most coveted collectable football boots and is made entirely out of carbon fiber. Ronaldo wears it in the UEFA Champions League final, where he scores and wins his first continental trophy.

2009 Mercurial Vapor Superfly

CR7 debuts this boot alone and clinches a third Premier League title for Manchester United.

2009 Mercurial Vapor Superlfy

This boot is especially important. Cristiano Ronaldo joins Real Madrid and scores on his debut. On the 15th of September he even scores two direct free kicks in his first Champions League match for the Galacticos. He is also the first La Liga player, who scores in his first four matches.

2010 Mercurial Superfly II

Wins the Madrid derby in 2010, while wearing the second generation of Superfly for the first time.

2010 Mercurial Superfly II CR

This is his first ever signature boot, which he scores a completely unfathomable 19 goals with.

2011 Mercurial Superfly III

Scores in both the home and away legs of the Champions League quarterfinals wearing these.

2011 Mercurial Vapor Superfly III CR

This is the boot Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most goals in ever. He debuted them in the El Clasico, scored the winning goal in the Copa Del Rey. He scored 20 goals, including 11 in four games. Calma...

2011 Mercurial Vapor Superfly III CR

Another signature colourway for the Mercurial Vapor Superfly III, which he wore during the derby match on the 11th of November, where he scored twice.

2012 Mercurial Vapor VIII

Ronaldo scores a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid and hits home 40 goals in the season he wore these.

2012 Mercurial Vapor VIII

Win the La Liga with Real Madrid in this crisp white colourway.

2012 Mercurial Vapor VIII CR

Scores twice in the first El Clásico, which makes him the first and only player to ever score in six consecutive El Clásico games.

2013 Mercurial Vapor IX CR SE

In the first game of the season CR7 wears these boots, which pay homage to his absolutely ground-breaking 2012. He naturally scores twice, as Real Madrid win 4-3.

2013 Mercurial Vapor IX

Debuts the newest generation of Mercurial Vapor in January, where he once again scores 2 goals. He does that a lot it seems...

2013 Mercurial Vapor IX CR SE

Is the man to hurt Atletico Madrid again, when he scores agains them in the Copa Del Rey final.

2013 Mercurial Vapor IX CR

One of the most memorable colourways, which he debuted against Barcelona. In them he scores his 100th away goal, after having played just 106 games for Madrid. He also records his 19th league hat-trick.

2014 Mercurial Vapor IX CR

CR7 wins the 2013 Ballon d'Or by averaging a goal every game, while also becoming the first Real Madrid player to score 200 goals.

2014 Mercurial Superfly IV

Scores his goal number 50 for Portugal and becomes the first Portuguese player to score in three FIFA World Cup tournaments.

2014 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7

Another debut against FC Barcelona. In his league game number 178 he scores another hat-trick and becomes the fastest player to score 200 league goals..

2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 SE

For the second year in a row he wins the Ballon d'Or award, which Nike commemorate with this stunning Superfly IV colourway. Ultra rare and a collectors item many desire.

2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 Silverware

A momentous boot in his career, as he achieves many milestones in it. He scores five goals in one game for the first time in his career. He also reaches his 300th goal for Real Madrid. He also becomes the Real Madrid player with the most hat-tricks by getting his 29th. Too much!

2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 324K

The boot Ronaldo received for becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for Real Madrid in October 2015. 324 goals in 311 games.

2015 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 Savage Beauty

The first chapter in the story of Cristiano Ronaldo's career. Nike will tell his story in 7 boots. This is the first, which he wears during the Champions League group stages, where he scores a record-breaking 11 goals.

2016 Mercurial Superfly IV CR7 Natural Diamond

The second chapter, which he debuts against FC Barcelona. He scores in that game and wins the El Clásico again.

2016 Mercurial Superfly V

New innovation, which Ronaldo rocks during the Champions League final for the first time. He scores the winning penalty in that game, as well as captaining Portugal to EURO 16 glory.

2016 Mercurial Superfly V CR7 Discovery

The very latest boot, which is yet to get an on-field debut. Expect tons of goals though...