To celebrate Manuel Neuer’s 100th selection with the Mannschaft, adidas has completely personalized the World Champion’s Predator Pro pair.
As we know, equipment manufacturers often give their flagship ambassadors gifts to reward them when they break a record or have a superb individual season, for example. Recently, it was Harry Kane who was treated to an all-new pair of studs designed by Nike to celebrate his Premier League top scorer and assisting titles. The attackers are also often put forward but the mark with the three stripes has just reminded us that some goalkeepers can also be considered as stars. And for good reason, Manuel Neuer the dream ambassador for many years for adidas, playing at Bayern Munich and with the Mannschaft, two entities historically linked to the German equipment manufacturer.
A few days before the start of the Euro and the reception of the France team at the Allianz Arena, the Bavarian goalkeeper celebrated his 100th selection under the colors of Germany. If the Mannschaft players paid tribute to Manuel Neuer by making him a guard of honor before the kick-off against Latvia, adidas for his part transformed a pair of Predator Pro for the occasion. And the least we can say is that it worked for the Germans who won 7-1.
For his 100th selection, the one considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in history therefore wore gloves that do not differ from those he usually puts on from a technological point of view. It is in terms of color that the German brand paid tribute to Manuel Neuer. On a white background reminiscent of the Mannschaft home jersey, there is a touch of gold at the level of the Demonskin, gold obviously recalling the 2014 World Cup trophy in particular. This golden touch is also present on the black strap where we can see the inscription “100” and the four stars gleaned in the World Cup. The three adidas stripes are arranged on the outside of this pair in black, red and gold to represent the German flag adapted for the occasion with gold replacing yellow.
Unlike Harry Kane who should wear his personalized shoes during the Euro, Manuel Neuer should be content to wear classic Predator Pro gloves throughout the competition. With his Copa Sense.1 from the Superspectral pack on his feet, his Predator Pro on his hands and his goalie outfit provided by the three-stripe brand, there is no doubt that the one who has kept the cages of the German selection since the 2010 World Cup will be the one of the adidas ambassadors to follow during this Euro.