Like CR7, Messi is possibly heading to his last World Cup. And like for every tournament he has participated, adidas always has a signature pair for their most-prized football star. The Argentine talisman then goes on to the pitches in Qatar not with the aqua Speedportals of the Al Rihla pack, but with a pair that contains a bespoke colourway and details.
They do trace where the legend of Messi in the World Cup started, so for you Messi fans out there, get ready to come full circle and have the adidas ‘Messi Leyenda’ X Speedportal.1s in your sights…
Only a player of his stature could pull off wearing the lusciousness of the glossy gold Speedframe and the grandness of the matte gold colourway of the upper, punctuated by the clean whiteness of the adidas Stripes.
The classy motif serves as the background for those wavy, free-flowing medial stripes in black and blue, design elements which are rooted in Messi’s F30 takedown cleats he wore during his debut in the 2006 World Cup edition. A black vertical panel stretching to the height of the heel contains Messi’s logo and number.
If the story of the F30 influencing a future-Messi signature sounds familiar, that is because previously, the El Retorno X Speedflow was also based on an F30 boot the football star preferred over the much more marketed top-tiered model F50 tunit.