When Nike unveiled the stunning, revolutionary Magista in Barcelona last week, they ushered in a new era of soccer cleats. Four years in the making, the Magista is unlike any boot we’ve ever seen, employing a high-top Dynamic Fit collar, a Flyknit upper and no tongue. (More on the specs here.)
A game-changing cleat attracts game-changing players, and the Magista’s quality is demonstrated by the men who will wear it on fields across the top leagues in Europe and on soccer’s grandest stage at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
They are the types of players who can win a match with a single touch, be it a brilliant pass, a sterling strike, an intrepid interception or tenacious tackle.
Club: FC Barcelona
Skills: You can’t name a midfielder more skilled and more decorated than Iniesta. He has been at the heart of everything Barcelona and Spain has won and displayed during historic and glorious runs the past decade. Perpetually named the to FIFA World XI, Iniesta can dominate a game without scoring, dictating the pace and flow with his exquisite touch and ball delivery. For all these reasons and more, Iniesta was the man Nike chose to unveil the Magista. Along with Mario Götze, he helped extensively test and provide feedback during the development.
Magista thoughts: “It feels like a sock.” (expanded interview here)
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: attacking midfielder, wing
Skills: Blessed with blistering pace, deft dribbling ability, astute reading of the game and technical skill that belies his 21-year-old age, Götze is a German wonder. He helped lead Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga crowns before joining Bayern Munich, where he’s continued to excel under Pep Guardiola. He’s among the brightest up and coming stars in soccer today.
Magista thoughts: “Unbelievable”
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Position: central defender
Skills: He’s the best defender in the world; not arguably, though we would entertain your arguments in the comments section below, of course. Silva bears the responsibility of captaining the Selecao as they host the FIFA World Cup™ this summer and is sure to do so with grace and class.
Named to the UEFA Team of the Year the last three years, Silva starred at AC Milan before moving to PSG and leading the squad as they attempt to write a new chapter of excellence. He’s as reliable as they come in the center of defense, strong in the tackle, skilled in the air and able to pose a threat at the other end of the pitch, too.
Magista thoughts: “Perfect”
Club: Atlético Madrid
Position: Winger, playmaker
Skills: Playing primarily on the left wing, Turan has twice been named the Best Turkish Player in Europe and in 2009 was named the most popular European footballer by the IFFHS. With Los Rojiblancos, he’s won the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League, 2012 UEFA Super Cup and 2012-13 Copa del Rey thanks to his unique combination of vision, close control and dribbling technique.
Magista thoughts: “Futuristic”
Position: central defender, holding midfielder
Skills: David Luiz is a playmaker living in the body of a defender. He’s adventurous. He takes chances. He often causes supporters to bite their nails, but it works. He’s also got bullet right foot from set pieces that dips and swerves dangerously.
For Brazil, he partners Silva in defense and helped his country shock Spain and win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup™. He is as talented as his locks are long.
Magista thoughts: “Molds to your foot”
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Position: midfield playmaker
Skills: Christian Eriksen was the youngest player (18) at 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and has continued to bloom into a worldwide star. Now 22, Eriksen made the move from Ajax, where he won the league three times and Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2011, to Spurs and has instantly become a vital player at White Hart Lane. He’s a born creative player who can unlock a defense with a pass no one else can see.
Magista thoughts: “It’s like a second skin.”
Position: central defender
Skills: Sakho combines an indefatigable determination, brute strength and tough tackling with a side of eccentric hairstyles and a knack for timely goals. Described as “a beast,” by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, the former PSG player has made an impressive early impact in the English Premier League.
For Les Bleus, he scored twice in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifying playoff to book a place in the finals, capping a stunning comeback. They were his first two goals in a France shirt. He’s a big player with a knack for showing up in big games.
Magista thoughts: “It’s a true revolution.”
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Skills: Among the finest box-to-box players in the game, Yohan Cabaye is another fantastic Frenchman who will wear the Magista. He made his name at Lille, proved he could adapt his game abroad at Newcastle United and moved to PSG in January to pursue silverware.
He can play in an advanced, attacking role or rule from a deep-lying position, too. Versatile, valiant and invaluable, Cabaye is a perfect player to display the marvelous Magista.
Magista thoughts: “Amazing! What else can I say?”
— yohan cabaye (@YCabayeofficiel) March 6, 2014
Who else might wear the Magista? Most of the players listed above (save for Götze and Eriksen who wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor) currently sport the Nike CTR360 Maestri III, which the Magista is expected to replace.
While we don’t know for certain, we suspect many Maestri men will swap shoes for the Magista. Could Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan don these game-changing cleats in Brazil? What do you think?