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Football Boots > Messi vs Ronaldo: Signature Boot Face-Off

They are the best players in the world, with one of the greatest rivalries in all of sport - a rivalry that has become just as corporately driven as anything else. Nike and adidas continue to fuel the fire between the two most marketable athletes in football, and this year is going to be bigger than ever.

Round one of the 2013 footwear battle is well underway. Nike's latest release of the CR Mercurial Vapor IX has given us our first true Messi vs Ronaldo football boot face-off. Messi has had signature shoes from adidas before, but nothing as commercially backed as this boot. Their rivalry in the footwear department has never been this exciting!

For years, signature boots has been Nike and CR's territory. But now adidas are finally ready to offer a challenge. These two boots represent the first time Nike and adidas have really pipped their star athletes against each other. Both boots released at similar times and both boots given the highest levels of exposure. 

So which one will come out on top? Already, Messi has been tearing teams in half wearing his boots - he scored three goals in the boots opening two games. Ronaldo hasn't tasted his latest Mercurial design yet, but with Real Madrid still involved in the Champions League, you can bet his rainbow coloured boots will make the back pages.  

For years, the Nike Mercurial and adidas f50 adizero have gone head-to-head as football's hottest boots. Now they're up against each other with the rivalry going one step further. Of course it's all a bit of fun, but we love it. And if our boot calendar is anything to go by, we can expect to see more CR and Messi boots going up against each other this year.

To see our full feature on the new Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX football boots click here. Let us know which gets your vote! Join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Only published comments... Mar 28 2013, 04:40 PM by Soccer_Boots
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NikeOverAdidas said:

Shames me to say this, but Messi's..

March 30, 2013 2:21 PM

pandu17 said:


March 30, 2013 2:29 PM

ez_6 said:

Gonna wear one on each foot

March 30, 2013 2:42 PM

shawngohsh said:

I second ez_6, wear Messi's boot on the left foot, and Ronaldo's on the right. You would totally own the zone.

March 30, 2013 2:52 PM

DarthVader said:

The only category where Messi genuinely beats C. Ronaldo in this sport. Those new adizero are perfect.

March 30, 2013 3:00 PM

MParry6 said:

is anyone else sick of everyone trying to glorify this individual rivalry? People are trying to make out that it's bigger than team rivalries. This isn't tennis, there's no rankings

March 30, 2013 3:56 PM

pienaar said:

well there kind of is rankings, the Balon D'or surely counts as a ranking

March 30, 2013 4:16 PM

ez_6 said:

Follow @Ucleats_6 to get your fix on unreleased soccer shoes

March 30, 2013 4:23 PM

XjJaX2000 said:

Hate both of these boots but I think the adizero is the best

March 30, 2013 4:34 PM

Bayyo said:

Love them both

March 30, 2013 5:56 PM

kscw said:

No doubt on this one... Stylish and  no somover the top flashy. Messi boots.. Adidas makes quality. Old continent versus new continent tasteless designs. Europe and history wins every time from Usa with no history at all..

March 30, 2013 7:53 PM

Halamadrid4 said:

@pienaar The ballon d'or has lost all meaning ever since it was awarded to Messi in 2010 and not Sneijder who wasnt even in the top three ...Now it's just a popularity contest

March 30, 2013 10:22 PM

halvhoug said:

no quiesteon! Messi boots are better.

March 30, 2013 10:41 PM


man those mercurials look hideous with that stupid design!! no doubt the adizeros take it!

March 30, 2013 11:55 PM


man those mercurials look hideous with that stupid design!! no doubt the adizeros take it!

March 30, 2013 11:56 PM

Lottoowns said:

Am i the only one who think the mercurial look way better, and that the adizero is a terrible boot?

March 31, 2013 12:30 AM

weenerboy said:

 @MParry6 couldnt have said it any better myself!! PREACHHHHHHHH

March 31, 2013 12:32 AM

sausayam said:

agrees, new Mercurial CR are looks bad with that color, looks cheap, Messi's FTW

March 31, 2013 5:45 AM

Ned Ved said:

They both look like bad disco shirt.  I can hear Barry Manilow...

March 31, 2013 6:04 AM

barc4b0y said:

CR mercurial look so ugly they make Messi f50 look good lol

March 31, 2013 7:34 AM

Dom77 said:

ummm - what about the exclusive CR7 boot (with the numbers) - surely thats the signature boot!?!?!

March 31, 2013 9:51 AM


Adidas looks better

March 31, 2013 10:14 AM

ghabrielsccp said:

they're both nice but i just love those mecurials

March 31, 2013 12:16 PM

Abzified said:

Messis boot is much better

March 31, 2013 1:34 PM

kzn7 said:

thought the neptune color was ugly, my word Ronaldo those disgusting... getting MV9's but the Messi Adizero are much better then the CR MV9's...

March 31, 2013 3:58 PM

Shw31nst31ger said:

They should compare CR7's black, blue, and pink mercurials. Because those are one of the best looking boots I've ever seen while his new ones are just weird.

March 31, 2013 6:15 PM

jacklowe11 said:

Ronald's all the way and @soccerbible Lewis Suarez was wearing trusox against Aston villa today

March 31, 2013 6:24 PM

Dannybell42 said:

Totally disagree with the CR haters. Messi's are nice but the mercurials just completely blow them out of the water.

March 31, 2013 7:16 PM

killer_lufc said:

if you genuinely like those vapours then you must be sniffing glue, look how bright they are what happened to black leather boots

March 31, 2013 9:31 PM

A.Cole said:

The messi boot by far

March 31, 2013 10:27 PM

Getsuga04 said:


March 31, 2013 11:08 PM

BklynPigeon said:

does anyone know where I can buy a completely blank football kit? no logos, crests or patches, just the plain shirt. I need a blank blue/black Inter shirt. thanks.

March 31, 2013 11:45 PM

joho said:

Don't like either on 'em

April 1, 2013 2:48 AM

doug18 said:

Messie's are so much better!

April 1, 2013 3:26 AM

ongushi said:

I think Adizero, it so bad

April 1, 2013 7:30 AM

speedmaniac11 said:

Im a real madrid fan also born in portugal obviously a c.ronaldo fan... i got the f50 and vapor IX... luv f50 more than than vaporIX ... its almost like playing bare feet ...

April 1, 2013 10:58 AM

dffg said:

individually, Messi always wins to Cristiano, even in this duel of boots. By the way, the name of the player is Cristiano not Ronaldo, stop calling him by the marketing name. Ronaldo is brazilian, he deserves respect.

April 1, 2013 11:19 AM

Halamadrid4 said:

@dffg If you want to call Ronaldo by his first name (Cristiano) , then you should call Messi 'Lionel'.And btw you make no sense at all ,Ronaldo is his last name not marketing name and if two players have the same last name you shouldn't call the second player by the same name by respect to the first player?!

April 1, 2013 1:11 PM

XjJaX2000 said:

What's the point of having a signature boot if they are ugly like them two

April 1, 2013 9:24 PM

UkrDevil said:

CR7 boots look better. Messi cleats are just UGLY... not saying CR7 boots look amazing either....

April 2, 2013 2:55 AM

rileydon said:

Okay lets be honest here. I like mercurials just as much as the next guy but those are probably the ugliest soccer cleats I have ever seen in my entire life. Just because you like Ronaldo doesnt mean you have to support his boots. Sometimes I like what he wears but this is not one of those times. THOSE ARE HIDEOUS

April 2, 2013 11:54 AM

casillas190 said:

Both Are Nice

April 2, 2013 1:28 PM

NoureddineElm said:

Messi's shoes are nice and beautiful. I want one of them so bad. The new Nikes are also nice.

April 2, 2013 5:14 PM

NoureddineElm said:

But overall I think Messi's are better, more beautiful and pretty comfy.

April 2, 2013 5:16 PM

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April 3, 2013 1:23 PM

austin19 said:

Come again? Signature boots were Nike territory? CR's maybe, but not Nike's! adidas started it all with Beckham!

April 5, 2013 1:28 PM

cburkhart09 said:

messi's sadly to say.. but yes messi's

April 9, 2013 3:34 AM

markuss said:

Messi's better, much better.

April 20, 2013 10:15 AM
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