Cristiano Ronaldo. Frank Ribéry. Juan Mata. Zlatan Ibrahimović. Dider Drogba. Jesús Navas. Eden Hazard. Theo Walcott. Mario Götze.

This is a list of some of the sport’s most adroit, blazing and clever players. Those are the kind of ABCs that spell danger for opposing defenders and goalkeepers. It is also a list of footballers who trust the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX to give them a winning edge both in strike and stride.

Why do they chose the Nike Mercurial Vapor?

Now in a stunning new volt pool blue that dissolves into neptune blue to highlight your fancy footwork, this boot wraps your foot in sock-like comfort. It’s lightweight, just 6.6 oz, and the studs are designed to give you grip and let you rip in any direction. Once you zoom past the competition you will be able to control the ball in any weather thanks to All Conditions Control technology and a textured-dot, golf-ball-like pattern that gives you the desired touch and feel for the ball.

According to the booklets inserted into the box with each pair, the shoe showed a 3% decrease in the time to cover a 20-meter sprint compared to other boots.

If football retired shoes, the Mercurial Vapor would hang in the game’s most historic grounds. The boot was first introduced in 2002 when soccer giants Roberto Carlos, Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry were featured in a cage-based TV advertisement. It has also been donned by the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Luís Figo and the Brazilian Ronaldo.

The Mercurial Vapor is making recent history, as well, at this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. Brazilian striker Jô, once Manchester City’s record signing, and Spaniard dynamo winger Pedro, a Barcelona FC man, each have scored and won while wearing the shoe.

Jô tapped home after compatriot Neymar dusted three defenders to seal a win against Mexico, while Pedro unleashed an unstoppable lining volley to beat Uruguay.

The goals will keep coming. Speed past your opponents or get dusted yourself. Nike Mercurial Vapor – it’s your choice.

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