Many nay-sayers will constantly say the same thing about football boots; “It’s not the boots, it’s the player”. Well, try telling that to Samuel Eto’o, who found a change of boots lead to a change of luck when facing Genoa!
It can be frustrating life for a striker.
After 45 minutes, Samuel Eto’o had seen a goal disallowed, a penalty claim waved away, set up a sitter which was mistimed by Pazzini and been called offside numerous times. Oh, and to top it all off Inter were 1-0 down.
So, after having temporarily lost his new White/Black/Pompeiian Red v1.10SL during the match, Eto’o opted to change his football boots for a new pair altogether during half time.
Emerging from the tunnel at Giuseppe Meazza in his older Parachute Purple/Ebony/Tender Shoots v1.10SL‘s, it took the Cameroon ace only 6 minutes to bag the goal he so desperately desired – and then another 6 minutes to grab another!
The fleet-footed forward continued his upward trend and finished the game with the man of the match award, with Inter the victors 5-2.
The whole event produced some great photos of Eto’o and football boots that really show the relationship some players have with their footwear – especially Eto’o, who looks to be pleading with his misfiring boot frustration at the way the game was going!
We also get a great look at the customisation that Eto’o employs on his football boots – including a mixed-stud soleplate that’s not a million miles away from the system Cristiano Ronaldo uses on his Superfly II’s.
So, all this goes to show is that the right pair of cleats can make a real difference to a game, even if they are identical in every way besides colour!
now, the ultimate test of Eto’o’s superstition will be seeing what boots he wears in his next game!