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Football News > Pre-World Cup Football Boots Spotting

We continue our look at the football boots the best players in the world will be wearing at the greatest tournament in football. We drop in on various training sessions and pre-World Cup friendlies, whilst also taking time out to see what current football boots some legends of the game are choosing...


Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
Nike CTR360 Maestri Elite

Xavi (Spain)
adidas Predator X WC

Cannavaro made the switch a few months ago into the CTR360 Maestri's, and they've obviously impressed the Italy captain. Cannavaro has been preparing to defend the World Cup, wearing the Elite CTR360 Maestri football boots.

All season Xavi has been reluctant to change out of his Predator PowerSwerve football boots. We were surprised to see the creative midfielder wearing a pair of adiPure III's earlier in the week, but he is now choosing to wear the World Cup edition Predator X boots.



Lukas Podolski (Germany)
adidas F50 adiZero

Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Japan)
Nike Tiempo Legend Elite

We already know from our exclusive interview with Aubrey Dolan and photo's from the development, that Podolski is a big fan of the adiZero's. And there's no denying these lightweight yellow leather versions look impressive on the pitch.

Japan's Marcus Tulio has an all ground sole-plate fitted to his Elite Legend boots, but we're wandering if this is for training only, or whether they will be worn during World Cup games.



Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Nike Vapor Superfly II Elite

Diego Maradona
Puma PowerCat 1.10

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally made the move into the Elite Vapor Superfly football boots, but just when it appeared he was happy wearing the NikeSense sole-plate, he has switched back to his mixed stud sole-plate.

In a fantasy world, it would be interesting to see what football boots legendary players would choose if they were playing the modern game. Which is why it's interesting to see former Puma King wearer Maradona training in PowerCat football boots.



Nike T90 Laser III

Jonas Gutierrez (Argentina)
Umbro Stealth Pro

Despite retiring from playing, Figo appears to be keeping in touch with modern football boots. The Portuguese wizard was wearing the Neptune Laser's as he played during a charity game at Old Trafford.

Gutierrez has switched into the Umbro Stealth football boots for the World Cup. The Newcastle winger was a surprise inclusion in the squad ahead of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Riquelme!



Raul Meireles (Portugal)
Puma v1.10 Tricks

Gareth Barry (England)
adidas adiPure III WC

Meireles shows off just how eye-catching the Puma v1.10 Tricks football boots are, even when they are not accompanied by the Unity kit, due to their striking orange colourway.

Gareth Barry has begun training with the England squad, and will be looking to forge a formidable midfield partnership with fellow adiPure wearer Frank Lampard.



Luis Fabiano (Brazil)
Nike Vapor Superfly II Elite

Zinedine Zidane
adidas Predator X

Luis Fabiano has retained the original Superfly sole-plate for his Elite versions, as he looks to finish top goalscorer at the World Cup.

Zinedine Zidane was an adidas Predator player during his career, and the magician in midfield was in action during the SoccerAid charity game wearing the latest Predator X incarnation.



David Silva (Spain)
adidas F50 adiZero

Gael Clichy (France)
Umbro Stealth Pro

The lightweight adidas adiZero football boots are currently taking the game by storm, and David Silva is the latest player to switch boots, as the former adiPure wearer is now in the leather adiZero's.

It seems Umbro have achieved the impossible, after years of trying they have finally got Gael Clichy to change out of his SX Flare football boots, and the French international is now wearing the Umbro Stealth Pro's.




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Only published comments... Jun 07 2010, 11:10 AM by Editor



JG10 said:

FIRST class boot spotting!!!

June 7, 2010 12:52 PM

football not soccer said:

interesting how a lot of the pros are wearing leather versions of the adiZeros, I guess if they had the choice they'd pick a leather boot then? It's also nice to see the Stealth Pro doing so well and I'm sorry but as a coach, Maradona is hopeless

June 7, 2010 12:55 PM

simplyfootball said:

Why is Figo and Zidane part of this? They're not even playing anymore. =)) But overall good boot spotting. :>

June 7, 2010 1:17 PM

perrygroves said:

great spotting Zidane was genius last night!

June 7, 2010 1:32 PM

RomanZ said:

all adizeros look just amazing

June 7, 2010 1:52 PM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

wat should i get the superfly elite's or the yellow adizero's, i cant decide!!!

June 7, 2010 2:34 PM

rooney_10_MUFC said:

Lol, the guy scratching his balls behind fabiano :P and good to see ronaldo make the switch

June 7, 2010 2:38 PM

Toelie said:

Adizero my boot

June 7, 2010 2:41 PM

rooney_10_MUFC said:

wait the guy thats scratchin his balls is wearing the black/blue vapor IV's

June 7, 2010 2:46 PM

Ulfinator said:

cool bootspotting

June 7, 2010 2:52 PM

Ulfinator said:

CR has superfly 1 studs

June 7, 2010 3:03 PM

Ulfinator said:

oh sorry i mean luis fabiano

June 7, 2010 3:04 PM

Jorge 11 said:

nice boot spotting

haha maradona looks so funny

June 7, 2010 3:31 PM

Ulfinator said:

he is so fat :D

June 7, 2010 3:45 PM

benny buff said:

cool nice boots

June 7, 2010 4:38 PM

LADA said:

David Silva and the spain home strip look awesome with the black/yellow  leather F50's

Zidane rules!

Figo sucks!

June 7, 2010 4:43 PM

adri the king said:

What the? Look at the top picture with Xavi's boots. The guy next to him seems to be wearing pwr cats but pwr cats only have to "cats" on them no "puma swoosh"

check it out, really weird...

June 7, 2010 4:45 PM

jeffrey said:


June 7, 2010 4:59 PM

jeffrey said:

@adri the king,  he's wearing Powercats but maybe he doesn't like side alcing on his feet and so they made for him a boot with the laces centered like the puma king with the puma thing on the side :S    I think ....

June 7, 2010 5:12 PM

Happy Dane said:

its really weird?!?

June 7, 2010 7:18 PM

Happy Dane said:

maybe he is wearing puma v1.10 tricks takedown model?

June 7, 2010 7:19 PM

BRC10 said:

suprised to see nani wearing superflys after wearing vapors all season

June 7, 2010 7:34 PM

AE7 said:

I agree with Adri the king the Puma Pwr Cat looks weird look's like the puma v1.10?????

June 7, 2010 8:23 PM

Portugal R live said:


June 7, 2010 8:32 PM

F.A Cup Glory said:

 Zidane has still got it after last nights performance

June 7, 2010 8:48 PM

gak8 said:

the powercats dont have anything wierd bout them. thats how they are

June 7, 2010 8:59 PM

gak8 said:

wierd to see maradona in powercats ;P

June 7, 2010 8:59 PM

gak8 said:

Ronaldo looks so class in his kit and boots and form

June 7, 2010 9:00 PM

pcm19 said:

great spotting, love tanaka, ronaldo and fabianos sole plate.

did anyone notice the boots in the first picture?

looks like a pwr-c / v1.10 hybrid...?

June 7, 2010 9:45 PM

jgerhard said:

@ simplyfootball Figo and Zidane are in this because on the 6th they played in the soccer aid charity game at old trafford. i'm guessing you'd have a  fit if you found out mike myers and gordon ramsey were in umbros right?

June 7, 2010 9:46 PM

Tata14 said:

maradona dirije una murga! XD

June 7, 2010 9:53 PM

javiheavy said:

My first post!!! The korean player is wearing the japanese version of powercats, the puma range is so special in Japan... But is a realy nice boot

June 7, 2010 11:02 PM

AE7 said:

Nice i whichi had those pumas

June 7, 2010 11:33 PM

Steven4vapor said:

Adiheavy, no one cares if its your first post. If you want an award for it, you'll have to make your own. And I wish I could do what luis fabiano did to my superfly elites

June 7, 2010 11:37 PM

superstar95 said:

wat?? no mexico players.......even though most of them were wearing nike elite series during the italy match

June 8, 2010 12:18 AM

FulhamFTW said:

For something that Nike put so much time and money into, the pros sure don't care much for the sense studs

June 8, 2010 1:51 AM

NP9 said:

Looks like Adidas made the right move with the Adizeros

June 8, 2010 3:11 AM

martincillo_mexico said:

first class spotting, really lovely

i liky maladroga boots and zidane boots

and yes a lot of special boots wow

June 8, 2010 3:14 AM

jazzovani said:

i like the powercat japan version that in xavi's picture

June 8, 2010 6:04 AM

javiheavy said:

This is not the video that I post, take a look to this: puma powercat j in  

June 8, 2010 10:48 AM

christopheripswich said:

rob green wearing blak and yellow adipures 3

during england versus platium stars

June 8, 2010 4:31 PM

christopheripswich said:

rob green wearing blak and yellow adipures 3

during england versus platium stars

June 8, 2010 4:31 PM

mattcoll said:

any1 have pics on becks' new pred x's? saw them on sky sports news today as he took part in englands training session. red with white detail. guessin they would have been his wc boots.

June 8, 2010 7:27 PM

Dempsey_8_23 said:

Zidane could still play for France.

June 8, 2010 11:21 PM

wayne10forever said:

its interesting that all the pros got the flag of their countrys in the shoes the are wearing!!

June 10, 2010 2:58 AM

CR9mercurialvapor said:

Thats interesting cannavaro switched to the CTRs

June 10, 2010 2:35 PM

roryomalley said:

gotta love dem pumas

June 10, 2010 3:47 PM

evertonrool said:

its good they used soccer aid cause that match was awesome when can we fly jamie theakston to south africa?? =D =D =D =D =D !!!!!!!!!!!! Only as second to joe hart of course!

June 10, 2010 6:41 PM

simaosousa said:

fabiano's boots are superfly I NOT superfly II . the sole and the studs are different from the superfly II elite ones

June 20, 2010 10:15 PM

fabrc said:

i love the sueprflyyyssss

July 21, 2010 10:37 AM
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