The Euro 2016 has kicked up quite a storm, featuring some of the most stunning goals and individual performances ever seen. Great teamwork is always important for getting results but what makes the team is the individual quality of the players, and what makes the player besides their natural talent? Their shoes of course! So let’s dive a little deeper into the shoes that these footballers use to dominate the pitch at the Euros.
Arguably one of the best players in the world right now, Cristiano Ronaldo has countless trophies attached to his name – club wise and personal. Winner of 3 Ballon d’Or awards for ?individual excellence, the Portuguese captain is a versatile attacker, capable of playing on either wing as well as through the centre of the pitch. Known to be mentally sharp, with good vision and positioning, often predicting certain plays, he also possesses quick reactions, opportunities, balance and agility. Although right-footed, he is also able to control the ball, cross and finish well with his left foot. More than anything, Ronaldo is lauded for his technical skill, control and dribbling ability, and also for his flair in beating players during one on one situations. A prolific goal scorer, Ronaldo is able to finish well both inside the area and from distance with an accurate and powerful shot – and he’s doing it all at the Euro 2016 tournament. His weapon of choice is the Nike Mercurial Superfly V Firm Ground Shoe. Made with a durable NikeSkin Flyknit upper for streamlined support and enhanced ball control, Ronaldo takes his penalties with absolute class, in these shoes that are designed with a Dynamic Fit collar for adaptive comfort and control. The shoes also feature a compressed nylon plate with hollow cleats that deliver superb traction, while ACC technology offers better ball control for the player as he dribbles his way through the opposing defense – like a walk in the park! Well, Ronaldo makes it look that simple anyway.
Known as a powerful, no-nonsense striker, Shane Long is an Irish professional footballer who also plays for Southampton. An infectious player by nature, Long has a work-rate and general team ethic from the front that is admirable for its relentlessness and intelligence. The Irishman also possesses good pace and movement, with his finishing being largely dependable. A strong header of the ball and apt at providing beautiful crosses, his defensive contributions aren’t to be written off either. Say what you may about the striker, his performances at international level outline his pedigree, with vital goals scored in recent years against much stronger teams – looking at you Germany. Long likes to cut inside the opposing team’s defense and doesn’t shy away from tackling oncoming players, giving him a good all rounded ability that he proudly carries while he sports the Nike Magista Opus Firm Ground Football Shoes. Featuring an adaptive Kanga-Lite upper that hugs tightly to the foot for firm support, these shoes also feature an upper mesh for increased breathability and an all-over texture that creates a level of friction with the ball for unparalleled control – just what the Irishman needs for the Euros.
A strong player who excels in the air, Sergio Ramos is a powerful defender and a goal threat on set-pieces. The Spaniard is a competent and aggressive tackler, ensuring no striker goes by him without a challenge. Naturally gifted with pace and possessing good technical ability, Sergio Ramos has been compared to the legendary Paolo Maldini for his leadership, his athletic and technical prowess, his ability to excel both offensively and defensively as well as is tactical versatility. A captain at Real Madrid and one of the youngest players ever to reach 100 caps for Spain, Ramos opts to wear the Nike Tiempo Legend VI Football Shoe for the Euro 2016 as it helps him bring his ultimate game to the field. Made of water-repellant New Tiempo Adaptive kangaroo leather, the football shoes feature a tongue-less construction and midfoot cage for a lockdown fit, allowing the defender to maintain a consistent touch throughout the match.
The Welsh professional footballer is renowned for his ball striking from a distance and commended for his swerving free kicks and his ability to get past defenders with pace. Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a powerful left foot and exceptional physical qualities. One of the fastest footballers in the world, the Welshman started out as an offensive left-back at the beginning of his career, but noting his impressive pace, Bale was moved up to the position of left-winger where he developed into a world class player. The footballer is known for his physical fitness, pace, skill, stamina and agility, with the ability to regularly get past defenders with ease thanks to his acceleration. Possessing good technique and ball control, Bale is also a free-kick specialist, and as he’s developed into one of the most dangerous left-wingers in the world, his style of play has won him a lot of admiration. A quick, strong, hard-working, and dynamic player who is hard to contain in one-on-one situations, Gareth Bale’s choice of football shoe is the adidas X 16.1 Firm Ground Football Shoe. A true game changer, these shoes are ultra-light in weight for generating powerful speeds – just the way Bale likes it. The compression upper delivers a sock-like fit while the SPRINTFRAME outsole provides a fierce grip, traction and explosive agility – something Bale has been consistently showing throughout his Euro 2016 performance.
So get on with the Euro 2016 hype and check out our collection of football shoes to follow in the footsteps of your favorite footballing superstars.