Last month, we weighed up the pros and cons of Nike having their Elite Series of football boots on the market alongside their regular colourways in a From the Sole piece titled ‘Too Discreet to be Elite’?
Now, as a follow up, we thought we’d have a run down of some of the biggest players who are sticking with the World Cup edition lightweight models, and who prefers the standard editions.
Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal – Standard
With his future finally resolved at Arsenal, Fabregas is looking to pick up where he left off last season – even if that means sticking with the same football boots!
The talismanic Spaniard has infamously eschewed all the new CTR360 Masestri colourways and stuck with the launch model. Here we can see the standard stud configuration, revealing Cesc is sticking with the standard model.
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – Standard
After a disappointing World Cup, it’s little surprise to see Rooney in the standard version of the Challenge Red Nike T90 Laser III.
We reported back in June that Rooney was playing for England in a customised version of the Elite Laser III, with a solid heel counter like the standard model – obviously something that’s important to Rooney’s style of play – so clearly the prolific marksman is saving the effort of customising his boots and staying with the standard model.
Carlos Tevez – Manchester City – Elite
Tevez isn’t just wearing the Elite Series, he’s sticking with the Mach Purple/Orange colourway!
A convert to the CTR360, we’d be interested to know if these football boots are the exact same pair that Tevez scored that screamer in for Argentina in the World Cup – and whether he’s adopted them as his ‘lucky boots’!
Sami Khedira – Real Madrid – Elite
The big German seems to prefer a rounded stud firm ground configuration, and we can only guess that Nike have used the sole from the Tiempo Legend III Elite, hence the white-tipped studs.
Joe Cole – Liverpool – Elite
Here’s a great shot of Liverpool’s newest star Joe Cole’s football boots in action against Rabotnicki.
The entirely black sole is a dead giveaway that Cole’s White/Seaweed/Red Tiempo Legend III‘s are of the Elite series persuasion.
Fernando Torres – Liverpool – Standard
During the World Cup we noted that Torres was another player who preferred not only a solid heel counter, but also a leather upper.
Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy – Elite
So, it speaks volumes that the in-demand American has finally settled on the Elite Series CTR360.
Ashley Cole – Chelsea – Standard
Thankfully, it’s shots like this of Chelsea’s Ashley Cole that make it easy to see that, despite his huge wages and glamorous lifestyle, he’s a standard man after all!
Ronaldinho – AC Milan – Elite
After flirting with his old Nike Ronaldinho Dois in pre-season, Ronaldinho is back in the Tiempo Legend series – once again the face of the classically-styled football boots, now that Tevez has jumped ship to the CTR360.
As you can see from the all-black sole, Ronaldinho is in the Elite Series Nike Tiempo Legend III‘s – here’s hoping that he can continue his fine form from last season!
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