While Villarreal challenges Manchester United this Wednesday evening in the Europa League final, the most beautiful pairs of studs will also be out and we present them to you.
For the largest equipment manufacturers, major competitions represent the ideal opportunity to highlight the latest generations of shoes at the feet of their ambassadors. Nike and adidas are rubbing their hands since the two industry giants will be omnipresent in this C3 final, as they are all year round in the 5 major European championships. According to a FootballBootsDB study, 52% of the shoes on the feet of players at the biggest European championships are designed by Nike, while 37% of players wear pairs of adidas and Puma tries to stay in the race by being feet of 7% of players.
The brand with the three stripes, which has been teaming Manchester United since the 2015-2016 season, will be particularly honored at the Energa stadium in Gdansk this Wednesday, May 26 since it should be placed at the feet of 11 holders, pending the official compositions of ‘Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The four silos of the German supplier will be there, notably with Paul Pogba’s latest Predator Freak.
Unveiled a few days before the European Cup finals, the Predator Freak of the Showpiece pack will be worn by the French international for the first time against Villarreal. In its metallic gray color accompanied by subtle touches of red and blue at the Demonskin which are small rubber scales that would optimize the touch of the ball. The midfielder should be the only Mancunian to sport a pair of Predators while on the side of the yellow submarine, Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres and Gerónimo Rulli will wear that of the Superspectral pack.
Presented by adidas last February, the new generation Copa will be highlighted by David de Gea, Manuel Trigueros and Dani Parejo in its latest white-pink-black color from the Superspectral pack where we find new technologies SensePods, TouchPods and SoftStuds combined with the legendary kangaroo leather on the upper.
Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will defend the corridors of Mancun with a pair of Nemeziz.1 from the Superspectral pack, just like Paco Alcácer who could be preferred to Carlos Bacca to accompany Gerard Moreno in attack. In its zebra color, Lionel Messi’s shoe is prized for support and agility thanks to its textile upper Tension Tape that envelops the foot.
The last silo of adidas, of which Mohammed Salah is the ambassador, will be highlighted by Mario Gaspar. The Villarreal right side wears a pair of X Ghosted in the colors of his club. From the Superlative pack, this pair highlights the main characteristics of the speed silo of the brand with three bands with the sole SpeedFrame and its insert Carbitex in carbon fiber. The Spanish defender will have to make his explosiveness speak to contain Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood and his new little gem.
Unveiled in August 2020, the Phantom GT should be at the feet of Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Victor Lindelöf who is expected to compensate for the package of Harry Maguire. The Uruguayan still wears the white and pink launch colorway while the Mancunian central defender dons the royal blue color of the Spectrum pack. The English prodigy is entitled to an unprecedented edition in the colors of the Red Devils. Only the color differs on the pairs of these three players since in terms of technologies, we find the Flyknit on the upper with technology ACC which would provide optimal ball control in all playing conditions.
The Mercurial will be the most present pair during this C3 final since 6 players will carry the most popular silo of the 5 major championships. Yeremi Pino, Fred and Marcus Rashford will sport Mercurial Superfly 8 and Vapor 14 in the very flashy pink colourway of the Spectrum pack while Bruno Fernandes will wear the Mercurial Dream Speed 4.0. Alfonso Pedraza will put on an orange Mercurial Superfly 13. If all these pairs are omnipresent in Europe, the French Etienne Capoue will bring originality with his pair of Mercurial Vapor 8 and its black-white color unveiled in 2012. This old school pair presented the beginnings of the Flyknit which landed in 2014 and which was replaced by technology Vaporosite on the latest Mercurial.
Finally, the last silo of the comma brand will only be carried by Raúl Albiol. The Spanish world champion evolves with the Tiempo Legend 8 from the Spectrum pack which appears in a platinum hue with a touch of neon green at the comma. Formerly worn by Ronaldinho, the Tiempo is now considered the shoe of defenders. The classic kangaroo leather of yesteryear football boots is still present but this pair is still quite modern thanks to the outsole Hyperstability which is very light.
After being absent during the semi-final second leg of the Champions League between Chelsea and Real Madrid, Puma will only be placed at the feet of Eric Bailly for this C3 final. The Ivorian international has been sporting the Future Z 1.1 for several weeks, of which Neymar is the ambassador. In its crisp white colourway studded with retracted color bands, the Future Z is designed around the adaptable compression band. FUZIONFIT + which offers optimal support as well as ideal support for explosive movements and changes of direction.
We will retain that Paul Pogba will wear for the first time the Predator Freak of the Showpiece pack while Nike will probably be placed at the feet of 10 holders and Puma will make a discreet appearance.
Nike Mercurial and Tiempo photo credits: @SoccerBible