Messi's Football Boots
Lionel Messi currently wears the adidas X Speedflow .1 boots after switching to them from the Nemeziz line. Messi still has his own signature editions that he often wears, his first X Speedflow were the Retorno that celebrated fifteen years with adidas.
Recent Messi Boot History:
Previously Messi wore the sports taping-inspired Nemeziz with it's Bandage System upper that stretches along with the movement of the foot and allows it to be agile because of its tension tape-like fit. The split outsole and its Torsion System technology give the needed amount of twist to execute quick turns and change in direction, Messi often gets his own Messi Nemeziz 19.1 editions from adidas.
Messi previously wore the Messi range after introducing himself onto the world stage in adidas' F50 adiZero leather boot, adidas' lightweight speed boot. Messi has been the poster boy for adidas for several years and the German brand have produced several signature Messi boots including the Messi Nemeziz, Pibe Dr Barr10, Mirosar10 and 10/10 editions.
Lionel Messi was born in Rosario Argentina on June 24th 1987. Messi is regarded as one of the best players of all time. Messi began his career at Newell's Old Boys from 1995-2000. Messi had a growth hormone deficiency at a young age and Barcelona were able to offer him affordable treatment so his family moved to Spain. Messi joined Barcelona in 2000 where he progressed well through the youth sides. He made his first-team debut in October 2004 against RCD Espanyol and netted his first goal for the club in May 2005 aged only 17 years old.
Lionel’s Messi’s career can be summarized with two words, Barcelona and trophies. At this moment’s writing, Messi has ten titles from La Liga, six Copa del Reys, seven Supercopa de España, three FIFA Club World Cups, and four champion finishes in the UCL. He owns a gold medal as well with Argentina winning the 2008 Summer Olympics Football finals and before that, he was part of the U20 Argentina team that won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
He has continued to be a pillar of Barcelona and the La Liga in general by being the current all-time top goalscorer in both respects. Overshadowing his numerous individual awards is his six Balon d’Or which is currently the most for a single player. His La Liga rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is both historic and legendary. Given his small stature, he has earned the nickname La Pulga Atomica (the atomic flea) which further emphasized his technical abilities in contrast to the muscular athletic yet similarly effective conditioning of Ronaldo.
At the age of 14, Messi signed a deal with Nike after his move to Barcelona from Newell's Old Boys, at the time Ronaldo was wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor II boot. Lionel made his Barcelona debut in 2004 wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor, but by 2005 adidas and Nike had come head to head for Messi's boot sponsorship, with Messi signing with the three stripes. In 2006 Messi joined the likes of David Beckham and Michael Ballack, as a poster boy for the brand, Messi added a different style of boots to their collection with the F50.
Messi wore the F50 Titan TUNIT boot in 2007 and the customisable TUNIT boot was developed in 2009. In 2009 he wore the F30i TUNIT rather than the F50i TUNIT due to the models fixed-sole studs. He wore the F30s for his Olympic Gold medal and 2009 FIFA Player of the Year award. adidas released the F50 adiZero boot before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The revolutionary boot weighed in at just 165 grams which made it the lightest and fastest adidas boot ever developed. The adiZero Prime was the next boot which Messi wore. The boot weighed in at 145 grams making them the lightest boots on the market. Winning several Ballon d'Or and individual titles, Messi has had several one-off boots made for him.
By 2015, the Messi would get his own boot line with the Messi 10.1 and later 15.1, adidas released a unique black 10/10 edition in October of the same year with only 100 pairs to be sold worldwide, the ten ten boots repeating for 3 seasons. Messi continued with the Messi line up until 2017, the year he started wearing the Nemeziz. In between World Cup calls, UCL championship wins, La Liga titles, and even birthdays, Messi had received signature colourways from each of the Adidas silos (on top of his own Adidas signature boot line of course). Messi’s long history with Adidas has resulted in the release of the ‘15 Años’ Nemeziz 19.1 in 2019, a celebration of Messi’s 15 years with FC Barcelona. He also was given the Tech Indigo Messi Nemeziz 19.1, after winning his sixth Balon d’Or in the same year.
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