European Golden Boot Awarded to Diadora Man Totti
Diadora football boot wearer, Francesco Totti of AS Roma, has been awarded the European Golden Boot award for the 2006-07 season. Totti, who wears Diadora Maximus football boots, finished the season with 26 goals, one ahead of Ruud van Nistelrooy (Nike Air Legends), whose injury in Sunday’s Real Madrid game ended his hopes of the top striker’s award.
It is a remarkable achievement for Totti who has played the entire season with a metal pin in his ankle, a result of an injury he picked up prior to Italy winning the World Cup last summer. Totti was suitably humble and modest saying “A year ago everyone was writing me off, saying I was finished, but now I am a World Cup winner and top goalscorer. It was meant to be.” A dig at his club perhaps, who had been rumoured to be off-loading the striker.
The Golden Boot or Shoe is decided on a points system, which is weighted according to the relative strength of each of Europe’s leagues by European Sports Magazines. Totti finished on 52 points, 1 point ahead of Afonso Alves (Nike Mercurial Vapor III), who actually scored 34 goals (8 more than Totti) for sc Heerenveen in the Dutch Premier Division. The top English premier league striker was Chelsea’s Didier Drogba (Nike Mercurial Vapor III) in joint 7th position with 20 goals. Out of the ten strikers, Nike lead the way with 4 out of the 10, followed by Adidas (3), with Joma, Asics and of course Diadora making up the remaining places.
Nike Retain Crown As English Premier League Hot Shots
Even though Nike were beaten to the top spot, they can take comfort that with Drogba’s top spot in the premiership, the global sportswear giant maintains an amazing record of having provided the English Premiership’s Golden Boot winner for the last FIVE seasons – with van Nistelrooy(02-03) and Thierry Henry (03-04, 04-05, 05-06) being the previous winners. Will Nike continue their football boot striking success in 07-08, or can Henry recapture his form in the new Reebok Sprintifts?