Messi's Football Boots
Lionel Messi currently wears his signature boot designed by adidas and appropriately named the Messi 16. The boot has been designed to aid a player's rapid change of direction and ability to glide past their opponents through adidas' fast-paced Sprintframe sole plate and messiGAMBETRAX stud configuration.
Messi previously wore the first generation Messi 15 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 Pibbe Dr Barr10, Mirosar10 and 10/10 editions, every 10th October now, adidas will release a special Messi boot.
Lionel Messi was born in Rosario Argentina on June 24th 1987. Messi is regarded as one of the best players of all time. Messi has won two Ballon d'Or awards and one FIFA Player of the Year awards.
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.
Messi's CV is impressive as he has already accomplished more at the age of 25 than most players accomplish in their lifetime. Messi is the face of football and his success with Barcelona has been historic. Messi has received two European Golden Shoe awards, three La Liga Player of the Year awards, four Champions League Top Goal Scorer awards and the list goes on. Messi has already netted over 270 goals in La Liga.
Messi has worn several boots in his career, the major brands being Nike and adidas. 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 showcasing the new Nike Mercurial Vapor II boot. Messi made his debut in 2004 wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor boot. In 2005 Messi rejected an extension to his Nike contract and signed for adidas. Messi joined the likes of David Beckham and Michael Ballack in the adidas showroom. Beckham was the poster boy for adidas at the time and Messi added a different style of boots to the collection.
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.
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