A Retrospective Look at the CR7 Mercurial Chapter Series

As the seventh design drops to complete the current signature series, we’re taking a look back at every chapter of Cristiano Ronaldo x Nike Mercurial storytelling. Serving as a prestigious timeline of success and recognition, the CR7 Chapter series marks out the movements of a maestro.

This ain’t the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Nike dominance. There were signature CR7 boots before this series and they’ll be more exclusive treatment after it, but as the Chapter line is wrapped up we revisit a series that celebrated Ronaldo’s achievements while serving as the tools to create more astounding history.

Chapter 1 «Savage Beauty» | The first chapter of the CR7 signature line dropped in October 2015 when Nike announced the seven part series with the «Savage Beauty» design. Taking inspiration from the volcanic island of Madeira, where Ronaldo was born, the boot took on a lava laden print.

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Chapter 2 «Natural Diamond» | March 2016 brought the second installment of the series as Nike dropped a design that focused on Ronaldo’s move away from is childhood home in Madeira to Lisbon, on a quest to become a professional football player. Turned out alright, that quest. Chapter 2 is a contender for top spot in our book.

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Chapter 3 «Discovery» | The third chapter recognised Cristiano’s fateful game for Sporting Lisbon against Manchester United on August 6th, 2003 — a match that convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to bring the explosive teenager to Old Trafford. The boot dropped in November 2016 with a split colour combo and signature branding.

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Chapter 4 «Forged For Greatness» | The CR7 Mercurial series powered on through to Chapter 4 as Nike recalled his shift to the iconic number seven shirt at Manchester United. Launched in April 2017 it’s a boot that he wore in the Champions League Final against Juventus in Cardiff. A 4-1 win and two goals. Done.

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Chapter 5 «Cut To Brilliance» | Ronaldo’s world record £80m transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 served as the inspiration behind the Chapter 5 design. CR7 switched into the design for the first time in Real Madrid’s Champions League games against Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur in September 2017. Up there, this one.

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Chapter 6 «Born Leader» | The penultimate chapter of the Cristiano Ronaldo Mercurial series dropped ahead of the 2018 World Cup as Rondalo switched into a design that focused on his role as captain of his national team, Portugal. A nod to Portugal’s historical sea exploration sat within the Swoosh, and the captain’s “C” was incorporated into a raised applique of the sphere.

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Chapter 7 «Built On Dreams» | The final iteration, Chapter 7, is the culmination of the series storytelling and pays homage to the Ronaldo’s number 7 in the forefoot graphic, and also nods to the memorable carbon fiber Mercurial SL boots of the past. A bright red to silver gradient adorns the upper, and exclusive CR7 branding is found throughout.

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Nike Present Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

Nike have launched Odell Beckham Jr’s second pre-game cleats for the 2018/19 season with a design that honours the Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldo. Yep, that 1998 Mercurial pattern is unmistakable on any court or pitch.

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

The flood-red colorway features an upper inspired by the iconic Nike Mercurial boot worn by Ronaldo in the 1998 World Cup, when the world saw the rise of one of football’s most prolific offensive talents. Transformed into an American Football fit product, the cleat’s lightweight traction plate fetures a modern upgrade with a Nike carbon fiber plate.

Odell Beckham Jr. With R9 Inspired Mercurial

The Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition Mercurial cleats were worn by OBJ during the pre-game of the New York Giants’ away game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 16. More cross-over sporting goodness. Building on a week that saw PSG and Jordan link up for a ground-breaking collaboration.

Before the new season gets rudely interrupted by a late summer international break we’re taking a look back at the past seven days of action to pick out who was wearing what. From the customs, to the limited editions.

Before the new season gets rudely interrupted by a late summer international break we’re taking a look back at the past seven days of action to pick out who was wearing what. From the customs, to the limited editions. It’s Monday, it’s Boot Spotting.

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) adidas Predator Accelerator Electricity

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Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon was back in his limited edition adidas Predator Accelerator Electricity boots last week. Puncheon slipped into the boot that was re-released in July for his side’s League Cup tie against Swansea.

Fernando Torres (Sagan Tosu) Mizuno Morelia Neo II

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Fernando Torres’ days as an adidas player look to be over as he slowly changed out of the Three Stripes in the past few weeks. The former Liverpool striker was wearing the Predator 18 but recently reverted back into the X 15.1 boots. Last weekend he moved away from adidas entirely by wearing a white/black edition of the Mizuno Morelia Neo, removing the logo for an unbranded look.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Under Armour Spotlight Pro

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The latest «Radio Red» colourway of the Under Armour Spotlight Pro boot has began the new season as the brand’s on-pitch option. Grant Xhaka was sporting the update as Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-2 in Wales. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is also wearing the colourway.

Paul Scholes (Royton Town) adidas X 16.1

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Paul Scholes was lured out of retirement at the weekend when Royton Town turned up at Stockport Georgians a player short. The former United legend’s son plays for the Manchester Premier Division side and he stepped in to make up the numbers wearing the adidas X 16.1 boots. A Nike player throughout his professional days, chances are he just borrowed whatever was knocking around.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Man City) Nike CTR360 Maestri III

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Oleksandr Zinchenko took things back to 2012 in training this week by lacing up in the third generation Nike CTR360 Maestri football boots. The CTR is arguably the most popular Nike control boot of all time, but it was replaced by the Magista in 2014. Zinchenko’s «Fresh Mint» colourway was a smart match-up with the City training kit.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360

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A drop from the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 «Heritage Collection» was on show this week as Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wore the 2006 inspired design in training. The yellow and green colourway was worn throughout Italy’s successful 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) adidas X 15.1

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Bastian Schweinsteiger said goodbye to Bayern Munich last week as the Chicago Fire midfielder played for both sides in his testimonial match. The German World Cup winner was wearing the «White/Semi Solar Slime» colourway of the adidas X 15.1. A boot that launched the X series in 2015.

Virat Kohli (India) PUMA Future 2.1

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India cricket captain Virat Kohli takes his side’s pre-training football match seriously enough to bring his own boots. Kohli is a PUMA sponsored player and has managed to get the brand to throw a pair of Future 2.1 boots in with his cricket gear.

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) Nike Tiempo Legend 7

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Hugo Lloris indicated that his current contract with Nike may have expired last week by wearing a blacked out edition of the Tiempo 7 in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford. The Spurs keeper is presumably in negotiations about renewing his contract and isn’t keen on playing for free so to speak.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City ) PUMA Future 18.1

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Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell was sporting the limited edition launch colourway of the PUMA Future 18.1 in the League Cup last week. The black and yellow design launched ahead of first on pitch colourway to build momentum for the first generation boot.

The New Paul Pogba Predators by Adidas

In our humble opinion Adidas Paul Pogba Predators are a gorgeous boot, having extensive lines and shaping, as well as two colours which go perfectly together – metallic grey and burgundy. While the player has faced some controversy over his future with the Red Devils in recent weeks, the world’s leader of sportswear have recognised the French player’s ability to create stunning moves from even the poorest of balls.

Adidas Paul Pogba Predators

Around the ankle appears the burgundy colouring which features the commemorative letter ‘P’ with light grey lines pointing towards the point of the boot.

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Three slightly diagonal, vertical stripes appear on the outside of the boot in this similar light grey material which almost link up with the grey which boarders the burgundy top.

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While the subtle pattern of the top and sides of the boot are perfectly suited to such a sharp design, it is the underneath which really demonstrates the harsh metallic theme which these boots opt for.

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On the heel the word, ‘Predator,’ is seen, demonstrating the stealth and frighting boldness which the brand seeks to imply.