adidas rucksack a history of the Barcelona Argentina star
What boots does Lionel Messi wear?Well, it turns out that the Barcelona star wears a lot of different boots.
The Argentina captain is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time and he has won four Champions League titles during his career, as well as eight La Ligas.
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So what sort of footwear does a five time Ballon d’Or winner use on the pitch? Goal takes a look at Messi’s current boots, as well as some of the best he’s used in the past.
Barca breakthrough inNike bootsGiven that he is now the top asset in Adidas’ glittering roster of footballers it may be hard to believe that Messi originally favoured Nike footwear.
He wore Nike’s Tiempo boots as he starred in Argentina’s successful 2005 Under 20 World Cup campaign and alsowore the famous Mercurial Vapor and T 90at different stages.
At the time, Messi was playing alongside Ronaldinho, whowas and still is one of Nike’s biggest stars, and the precocious Argentine was tipped as the Brazilian’s heir in Catalunya.
A certain Cristiano Ronaldo was also making wavesat Manchester United while donning the ‘swoosh’ during that period.
However, Nike were denied a marketing dream team as Adidas ultimately lured Messi away from the embrace oftheir rivals and into the arms of the brand with the three stripesby offering him a more lucrative sponsorship deal.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Adidas F50 TUNiT
After firmly nailing his colours to the Adidas mast, Messi was soon seen wearing the brand’s footwear on pitches in Spain, Europe and across the globe.
Around that time, the Predator series of boots had been popularised by the likes of Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham, but Adidas were beginning to explore new lines of design.
Messi’s speed, guileand all round trickery fitted perfectly with the brand’s new F50 design,
which was built for players with that particular style of play.
From 2006 on, hegenerally wore the F50 TUNiT boot as he cemented his reputation as one of the best players in the world.
The year 2009 was an incredibly successful time for Messi as he won a treblewith Barcelona and he did so while wearing the blue F50i boots he helped Adidas launch.
The Argentine scored Barca’s second goal in the final of the Champions League against Manchester United and he famously celebrated by taking off his boot and kissing it.
The year was topped off as he picked up his first ever Ballon d’Or, leading Adidas to explore new gold tinted boot designs for their prize asset.
Adidas F50 Adizero
As Messi’sstar continued to rise, Adidas eventually started to craft boots specifically for the Barca talisman, with the new designs featuring his own personal branding.
Messi clearly felt that theF50style suitedhim as hestuck with them in their various incarnations for the guts of a decade.
Some of the more memorable versions include the 2012white and goldF50 Adizero boots, which cleverly acknowledged the Argentine’s three Ballons d’Or wins (2009, 2010 and 2011) and featured the Messi logo on the heel.
By this time, the F50 Adizero design had migrated the stripes to the back end of the boot instead of the front and, later that year, Messi could be seen wearing a striking silver and orange version of the boots.
In the lead up to the 2014 World Cup Adidas opted to make some changes to their signature F50 boots and, of course, Messi was the main man to promote them.
The main design for the new F50s at the tournament was white with black and orange markings, similar in style to the Adidas Brazuca ball that was in use.
But, as was becoming the norm in the world of football boots, there was plenty of tinkering.
A variety of different versions of the Adizero boots appeared throughout 2014, with Adidas even producing a unique multi coloured design for Messi’s birthday, which took place during the World Cup in Brazil.