Reports emanating from Spain suggest that the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid is already under some strain.
Ronaldo is of course a Nike athlete, one of their most high profile. Madrid is a club sponsored by adidas. No shocks there. But it appears that some club officials weren’t happy that Ronaldo turned up for his medical, the day of his unveiling in front of 80,000 delirious fans, wearing heavily branded Nike short-sleeved top.
Whilst this could all be described a storm in a tea cup (or even a t-shirt), surely it won’t come as any surprise to most football watchers that this is a situation that could easily have been foretold. Ronaldo has never been shy about showing off his Nike connection and it’s surely understandable, with their man grabbing so much media attention at the moment, that the company want to exploit that connection to the full.
Indeed, as Ronaldo walked out to be presented to the Bernabeu faithful, he wore a pair of bespoke Nike Merurial Vapor Superly football boots in Black / Voltage Yellow. Very nice they looked too.
The subject of branded players going to similarly branded clubs is one that has been discussed before on Footy Boots. And it looks like the subject won’t be going away anytime soon.
Of course, it was all very different when Kaka made his appearance at the famous Madrid Stadium. As the picture below shows, he wore a pair of specially made adidas adiPure II’s. Doubtless,' adidas will push the Kaka brand and also that of Karim Benzema, another adidas endorsee, for all they are worth in the early days of the new season.
Meanwhile, it may be Nike’s intention to ensure that all their professional players are wearing black based boots for the beginning of the new season, but in training, that policy seems to be rather more flexible.
With three training sessions now completed by the new superstars of Real Madrid, it seems those who prefer the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly, can’t help themselves from using an ‘old friend’.
On Friday 10th July, Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian player Marcelo were spotted in the original Superfly colourway of Max Orange / Abyss / Metallic Silver. But at the following training session on the Saturday, it was the new Superly that was being given a go in Black / Voltage Yellow.
The original Superfly
And by Monday at the Valdebebas Real Madrid training camp, Ronaldo at least had changed back in to the original Superfly’s once more.
Now, you don’t think this could be Nike having a bit of fun at the expense of others do you?
One more thing, check out the trainers being worn by the young boy walking out with Kaka. Whoops!