RONALDO TESTS BLACK-OUT MERCURIAL VAPOR VIII

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with the Portuguese National team yesterday, but had a football boots-based surprise for those looking closely as he brought along what we suspect to be a black out Mercurial Vapor VIII

Cristiano Ronaldo tests out the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII
Cristiano Ronaldo tests out the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII, in training with PortugalCristiano Ronaldo tests out the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII, in training with Portugal, 5th October 2011Cristiano Ronaldo tests out the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII - the latest Speed football boots from Nike

The Real Madrid Superstar was only set for some light training as he recovers from a hip injury, but that didn’t stop Nike seeking out an opportune moment with the winger to test out what we believe to be a black-out of the new Mercurial Vapor VIII speed football boots.

Cristiano took to the pitch for some light sprinting drills, which Nike evidently deemed the perfect time to give their latest football boots their first ever piece of professional testing – as far as we know.

From what we can tell, these are definitely a new form of Vapor – likely the Mercurial Vapor VIII, rather than a limited edition version like the SL – evident from the Glass Fibre sole, rather than the Carbon Fibre sole we’ve come to see on the Superfly.

If there’s one thing about these images that is seriously getting us excited over what the Mercurial Vapor VIII, it’s that sleek fit! It looks like Cristiano Ronaldo’s wearing a pair of socks, not football boots!

If Nike can pull the weight of the new Vapor and make it a little more comfortable, we could be in for a real treat.

What do you think the way Mercurial Vapor VIII‘s are shaping up? Could this herald the return of Nike to the stop of the speed game?

Let us know in the comments!


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34 Comments

  1. says: nswayne

    Ronaldo was once reported to be wearing his boots a size or two smaller, which could contribute to the slick look. 

    Also, can’t help but feel that the usage of glass fibers for its sole is a cost-saving move as it’s cheaper to use than carbon fiber. Can’t wait to see how they’ll pit against the F50 when it releases!

    1. says: MartiMc

      I think this is a massive release for Nike. The Mercurial has taken a lot of stick lately and the adizero has progressed nicely.

      If Nike mess this up and continue charging fortunes they could start to lose some regular fans, me being one of them.

      1. says: Guest

        Its reaally weird though that the adizeros are doing better since they just keep getting uglier… Hope that they Will give the next mercurials Ă  simpler look without those ugly lightning bolts that just makes them look like cheap childrens toys… Bring back the guy to designed the mercurial 3s and 4s..

  2. says: Mouse36d

    Really like these boots, must admit they look like an extension of his socks, but think that’s what makes them so sleek looking!

  3. says: MegaManX

    Wow, they do look really slick.

    If Nike pull this back, it would be a serious win for them. They need to gain ground back on adidas, and it looks like the new Vapor could be up to the job of doing it!

  4. says: TheTopRightCorner

    Came here form the Facebook page, wasn’t expecting much – but DAMM those are some good pics, Footy-Boots!!

      1. says: Optimus Rhyme

        I’d bet that Nike are gunna market them as being like a track-running ‘spike’, they seem very light, very narrow with very small studs

  5. says: harry

    I think these will be released for the Euro Championships next year and not any time soon. I am a massive Nike fan but I doubt these will outsell the adizeros as adizeros are good with comfort and prices.
     
    Mo, take your 1st straight back to suckerbible you nitwit.
     
    Ps, Footy Boots, when a player is wearing prototypes, (any player, any brand), is there any way your team can contact the player who is testing them and ask what their views are of the boot in its early stages

  6. says: SpeckledJim

    They look no different to the current version. I predict Nike will lose further ground to Adidas on this one, especially considering the micoach technology.

      1. says: ssdeuce

        The new vapor viii only has 2 on the fg! I have seen them. Also the mixed sole will be available for retail. Oh and no more superfly. Remember you heard it here first!

  7. says: harry

    I think these will be released for the Euro Championships next year. Im a Nike fan but the adizeros will still remain popular as the adizeros are good with comfort and prices.
     
    Mo, take your 1st straight back to suckerbible you nitwit.
     
    Ps, Footy Boots, when a player is wearing prototypes, (any player, any brand), is there any way your team can contact the player who is testing them and ask what their views are of the boot in its early stages

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