The Complete Soccer Cleat History of Cristiano Ronaldo

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At just 28 years of age, Cristiano Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time. The Portuguese sensation has been breaking and setting records since his professional debut with Sporting CP in 2002, and he’s still going strong over ten years later. Throughout his professional career, Ronaldo has suited up for Sporting, Manchester United, and Real Madrid, and plays internationally for Portugal, whom he has represented in two World Cups. With countless honors to his name, including multiple European Golden Shoes, 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, and the 2008 Balloon d’Or, Ronaldo has built a reputation as a goal-scoring machine wherever he sets foot.

Equally impressive is Ronaldo’s range of cleats. Since going pro, CR7 has not only shown loyalty to the Nike Swoosh, but has stuck with the popular Mercurial line throughout his entire career. From the original Mercurial Vapor in 2002, to a handful of Ronaldo-exclusive variations, this is The Complete Soccer Cleat History of Cristiano Ronaldo.


Riley Jones is a student from Charlottesville, VA. With an unshakable affinity for sneakers and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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