Which Boots Did Cristiano Ronaldo Wear on His Manchester United Debut?

Published 09/12/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
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Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United just 3 days before the end of the transfer window. The former Real Madrid winger scored a brace against Newcastle sending Old Trafford into a frenzy. It was a night to remember for the ex Juventus forward as he couldn’t have gotten a more perfect start.

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While he was in the news for his performances, so were his shoes. Fans across the world were intrigued by the shoes CR7 wore on his debut and set social media ablaze looking for answers. Here’s what we know about the shoes that Cristiano Ronaldo wore on his Manchester United debut!

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Ronaldo wore the Mercury Superfly CR110 on his Manchester United Debut

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After Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading goalscorer in men’s international football, Nike quickly inveiled a CR7 pitch in Madeira alongside a new special edition Mercurial Superfly for the Manchester United talisman. The pitch in Madeira is set at a local community center where Ronaldo used to play in his childhood.

The pitch was designed by Portuguese artist AkaCorleone in collaboration with Nike. Along with the pitch, Nike also released Mercury Superfly. CR110 commemorative boots. These boots were given to 110 rising stars in the primary countries where Ronaldo has played: Portugal, England, Spain, and Italy.

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According to Nike, the CR100 boots are visually designed to communicate “breaking records”. “The shattered multicolor print is a visual exploration of breaking records. The tape seam on the heel is inspired by Portugal’s national flag, highlighted by a rich burgundy on the lateral side, gold detailing, and speckled laces. The tongue tab has a graphic interpretation of the date (June 6, 2004) and the minute (90 + 3 stoppage time) when Ronaldo scored his first professional goal for Portugal.”

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Meanwhile, the boot’s shattered graphic is also inspired by a childhood anecdote from Ronaldo. According to Nike, “The boot’s shattered graphic is partially inspired by a childhood anecdote from Ronaldo. One day, he was kicking the ball with a friend when he accidentally sent the ball straight through a neighbor’s window, breaking it to pieces.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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