Posted on April 4, 2014
Today Nike released blackout version of their CTR360 Maestri III, the final colorway before the beloved control boot makes way for the Magista later this month.
For its final bow, the CTR360 was given the treatment it rightly deserves: a classy, no nonsense all-black “lights out” version that will stand out among fields full of multicolored cleats on the market these days. You will find it exclusively in the United States at SOCCER.COM.
Named after the Italian word for master and the ability to unleash 360-degree movement via unique stud geometry, this iteration of the CTR360 Maestri employs the same technology and materials that made it the cleat of choice for countless top professionals through the years.
The upper is made of Kanga-Lite, fusing the touch and feel of kangaroo leather and the durability and lightweight of synthetic.
All Conditions Control technology, 3D control pads and an incredibly responsive stud plate provide confidence in any weather, the ability to pass and receive the ball with added cushioning and assurance and quick penetration and release.
The roster of current Maestri men includes, notably, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets and Alex Song of FC Barcelona, Juventus star Paul Pogba, American standouts Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley and Brazilian greats Thiago Silva, Paulinho and Julio Cesar, among dozens of fellow elites.
Others such as Cesc Fabregas and Mario Balotelli donned and popularized the cleats in the past.
Without the CTR360, who knows if the annals of the game would look the same?
The cleat was on Landon Donovan’s foot when he scored in stoppage time against Algeria to put the USA through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Knockout Round.
Later that tournament, it was worn by Iniesta when he scored the extra-time winner that gave Spain their first FIFA World Cup™ crown.
Balotelli used the CTR360 to score two stunning screamers to shock Germany in the UEFA Euro 2012 semifinals.
Mamadou Sakho also netted twice in the CTR against Ukraine in a playoff to send France to Brazil this summer.
The list goes on.
It’s the end of an era, but a celebration of a hugely successful silo.
Own a piece of history. Shop our collection, including this historic final Nike CTR360 Maestri III at SOCCER.COM.
Did you make memories in the Nike CTR360? Share your stories below. What do you think of this final, blackout, colorway?