Nike. The name alone conjours up memories and images of some of the greatest ads and virals in history: Brazil’s Airport ’98, Ronaldinho’s Impossible Volleys, Ronaldo vs. a Bugatti Veyron.

So, we were rightly hyped to see who got the starring role in the ad for the new Mercurial Vapor VIII.

Rafa Nadal in the Nike Mercurial vapor VIII

But Nike seem to have gone for the unexpected choice of having Tennis star Rafa Nadal centre-stage (centre court?) for their latest viral for the Vapor VIII.

As this is only a tease, mind there’s plenty we don’t know what’s going to happen just yet!

The video below shows the two-time Wimbledon Men’s singles champ firing off some ferocious serves at a Spanish country club.

Meanwhile, a ‘mystery’ opponent arrives in a Lamborghini to challenge the former World #1 – presumably to a battle of explosive speed.

But how will the two face off?

We’ll have all the answers on Friday as the Viral launches alongside the new Mercurial VIII – and it’s worth sticking around for, Nike have assured us that this one’s a ‘Blockbuster’!

Any ideas how this one’s going to go down?

Let us know in the comments!

  • Fuzzhead777

    Nadal vs Ronaldo?

  • Jake Witty

    nadal is gonna fire serves, and whoever the other is is gonna return a volley with quick feet

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  • Emperius

    The persistent injuries with regular tennis shoes makes no sense. Cleated vapors would make Nadal cut through any tennis ball in his path.

  • Felipe Bazon

    Nike seems a bit desperate to me. Tennis players on a football boots ad! 

  • PapaSmurf

    Actually, Nadal does play soccer in his spare time.