There is a perception that top flight footballers always play in the very latest boots. By and large it’s true, but as last night showed, not always.
Liverpool’s match winner in their Champions League tie with Real Madrid was Yossi Benayoun who seems happy to stick with a pair of football boots that first came out in back in 2006.
In Madrid, Benayoun, as is the norm, sported a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor III’s in a silver, black and red colourway.
Benayoun won the game with an 82nd minute header, but he could have grabbed the glory even earlier if the Madrid keeper, Iker Casillas, hadn’t blocked an attempted chip during the first half.
Yossi Benayoun Football Boots
Performance: Extremely light (less than 200g), due to its Teijin synthetic upper and the light weight carbon fibre heel. This makes for a speedy results and a good close feel of the ball. The sole of the football boot consists of a moulded design, ideal for firm ground. The studs are angled differently, with different lengths which gives optimum traction for quick acceleration and change of direction.
Comfort: The synthetic ‘NikeSkin’ is very forgiving on the foot and moulds to the contours of the individual. The breathable, cushioned internal heel cup offers heel support and reduces movement.
Benayoun Fact File
Born: 5th May 1980, Dimona, Israel
Scouted: By Ajax, aged 15
Clubs: Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Racing Santander, West Ham & Liverpool
International: Made his Israel debut in November 1998
Armband: Was made captain of the national team just prior to Euro 2008 qualifying