Nike, official ball supplier to the Barclays Premier League, has made a golden limited edition football to celebrate the 10,000th goal scored with a Nike match ball since their sponsorship began ten seasons ago.
The golden T90 Tracer ball features the name of the first goal scorer with a Nike ball – Mark Venus who scored for Ipswich Town against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the 2000/01 season.
It also honours all eight of the Nike balls used in the Barclays Premier League since the sponsorship began, with detailing calling out the names of the balls across the seasons from the first Nike Geo Merlin up until the current day Nike Total 90 Tracer, and comes in a specially crafted black and gold box, complete with football stand.
The journey to reaching the landmark 10,000 goals has been an exciting one. Fabrizio Ravanelli scored the 100th goal playing for Derby County against Blackburn Rovers at Pride Park in 2001/02 season. And Dennis Bergkamp put away the 5,000th Nike match ball goal for Arsenal against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in season 2005/06.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the most goals with a Nike ball in one season, when he reached a goal tally of 31 for Manchester United in 2006/07. Whilst Fernando Torres scored the most goals in a debut season, scoring 24 for Liverpool in 2007/08.
The limited edition golden Nike Total 90 Tracer features the same innovative technology as the one used by teams in the Barclays Premier League this season, and has been innovatively designed with geometrically precise panels that distribute pressure evenly across the balls surface, giving a more consistent, accurate and powerful strike.
And all this on the day we ask you to vote on your favourite ball of the last 12 months!
This ball is limited to only 100 units at retail, making them one of the hottest collectors items to come out in a little while!
Each ball costs £99.99, and when compared to the standard Tracer at £84.99, it’s not that bad!