Whilst 2016 might have been the worst year for many people, its very much been the year of CR7 Cristiano Ronaldo, and what better way to celebrate this that with a shiny new, limited edition set of football boots? Whilst 2016 stole some of the best and brightest stars from the world, Ronaldo continued to shine brightly, winning the Champions League, the Super Cup, guiding Portugal to European glory, new contracts and the Ballon D’or as the cherry on top. Makes everyone else’s year pale in comparison really. No wonder, then, that Nike have unveiled a spectacular new boot to commemorate this fine year, with the Mercurial Superfly CR7 Vitórias.
When you win anything in football you are given trophies and medals, and this theme runs throughout the CR7 Vitórias. Building on the latest Mercurial Superfly V, the CR7 Vitórias comes with an upper colourway of pure platinum. Added details include hints of a blue metallic shine and a subtle toe to heel fade – less stark, but similar to the Kobe 11 fades. The cool and sleek upper is contrasted by the rather ostentatious sole and studs.
Gleaming brightly underneath the foot is metallic gold plate. Nike say this is a ‘nod to the gold trophies Ronaldo won this year’, but it is more like a headbutt than a nod. Whilst we sincerely doubt anyone would buy these to play the beautiful game in, we can certainly say that should they, they would blind their opposition.
Vitórias is Portuguese for victories, and the name of the boot can be seen running up the heel from the rear. On the inside of the boot, Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 logo features prominently, whilst the classic Nike Swoosh resumes it’s customary place on the Mercurial Superfly by starting on the top of toebox and wrapping all the way round to the ankle.
They’re shiny. They are beautiful. It would be a travesty if you actually laced these up and got them muddy. There are only 777 pairs, each numbered, set to be released in early 2017, so best keep your ear to the ground for news of the on-sale date. All-in-all, not a bad way for Nike and Ronaldo’s “lifetime” partnership to begin in earnest.