Puma King XL – Panel Football Boot of the Year


The Puma King celebrates its 40th birthday this year.

First introduced in 1968 as the “King Eus'©bio” to honour Portugal’s legendary Mozambican-born soccer star Eus'©bio da Silva Ferreira who was the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup.

Over the years, the King became a legend and was worn by legends. The world’s greatest football stars wore the King including Eus'©bio, Brazil’s Pele, Argentina’s Maradona and Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff.

Roger Harrison, Marketing Director PUMA UK:

Nike football boot of the year 2009 We’re thrilled that the King XL has been awarded Panel Football Boot of The Year by

The PUMA King is one of the most recognised football boots in the game with a long standing heritage and it’s great to know that the boot is still a favourite today as it was when Pele played.



The Footy Boots panel was made up of former professionals, industry writers, and retail boot experts. Amongst the team were:

Ahmed Bilal: Writer and found of SoccerLens

Andy Kay: Editor of Footy Boots and formerly with the BBC. Andy is a regular director of athletic meetings and expert analyst at the Olympic games.

Chris Toy: Creator of the popular football comic strip Studs Up and a rather obsessive collector of football boots. He is also the original founder

Glenn Swales: Football boot expert at online sports retailer Kitbag.

Perry Groves: Former Arsenal footballer and regular contributor to

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  1. says: Theo

    not to spoil the moment but I tried the boot on today and my god where they weird shaped and felt awkward. I love the black/yellow like the pele wore and carrick wear these days but I was disappointed not to take advantage of the sale price as well…

  2. says: Karl

    I think these boots are brilliant!

    Ran to the mail collection centre because I missed the 7am courier, made it just in time, ripped into the packaging, drove like a mad thing to our match…

    And it fit perfectly!

    Have never worn anything that fit so well and was so unbelievably comfortable – although my konstrukt-IIs are very very close!

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