The adidas F50 adiZero seems to be everyone with two legs’ football boot of choice at the moment, having converted key players from Nike and Puma into super-light adidas cleats over the last few months.
But this weekend in the Premier League saw a mini-revival for the big American brand, as they converted two players away from the adiZero and pilfered a player from Puma!
As you can see from this close-up, Ireland is even sporting the NikeSENSE soleplate, which is unusual as many players have switched to an SG soleplate to cope with the changing weather conditions.
This is very interesting, as Ireland has always been super-picky about his football boots, especially the Mercurial series. When many players were making the switch to the then-new Superfly‘s, Ireland refused to part with his beloved limited edition Mercurial SL‘s!
John Carew has had an interesting 6 months in terms of football boots. The Norwegian forward ended last season as one of the key wearers of the Puma v1.10, put played the majority of pre-season and the first 7 games of the Premier League in the adidas F50 adiZero.
We can only guess that Carew was plumping for old-school comfort after having missed games due to various knocks and niggles.
Finally, Liverpool’s Raul Meireles shocked everyone by turning out in a pair of Tiempo Legend III‘s as Liverpool slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton in this weekend’s Merseyside Derby.
It’s interesting to us that Meireles has snipped the tongue off his Legends too, as this was something that he seemed to prefer on his Puma Kings as well. Presumably he hates having the tongue flapping about, or thinks it provides a better surface for ball control.
It’s a shame that the Portuguese’s change in football boots didn’t bring his team a change in luck!
Needless to say, we’ll be watching this trio very closely over the coming days to see if they stick with their new boots, or switch back to their old ones. If you spy any of them in training, be sure to drop us a link to the image in the comments!