What is it about Cristiano Ronado and new football boots?
A Premier League hat-trick in his brand new . A world-first strike on the biggest of European nights. And now a soaring header in his very first competitive match wearing the new Mercurial Superfly boots. With debut goals in the last three incarnations of his favourite footwear, no one seems to know how to push their new boots to the limit quite like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo knew the world’s gaze would be on him for Manchester United’s crunch match with Inter Milan, for whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also playing in the brand new Nike footwear. So it was no surprise when United’s number 7 rose to the occasion within the first five minutes to win the crucial corner that put the Red Devils’ noses in front. And with the second half only minutes old, Cristiano sent the United faithful into raptures, and the tie beyond doubt, with a clinical header from Wayne Rooney’s exquisite chipped pass.
As the Old Trafford scoreboard flashed 2 v 0, another message was being broadcast around the globe from the feet of the World Player of the Year: the Superfly has well and truly arrived.