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.

Nike Mercurial Vapor III silver

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

Mercurial Vapor III

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.

Nike Mercurial Vapor III silver sole plate

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

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  1. says: Kyle

    Yeah I had some multi-ground MVIII’s that I played in over the summer, great upper to the boot and surprisingly comfy. Looked smart in White & Gold too

    Benayoun’s a quality player, I think when he and Torres play together they really compliment each other well. Yossi with the run into the box, low cross and Torres with the finish!

  2. says: martinccillo

    i love thant vapors, and the r9 yellow/green is the best colorway.

    the superflys are made of bubblegum, for that reason they are so light lol 🙂

  3. says: everett

    Vapor 3s are perfect. and when you change something that is perfect, it is no longer perfect…

    why would they put wire in a boot? all it does is weigh it down more… and since when are the laces in the way and need to be covered up with an ugly flap? they are ugly, they don’t grip my heel as good… I’m disappointed with the new ones…

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