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Football News > Cristiano Ronaldo's Football Boots - Nike Mercurial

With the official reveal of his signature line only hours away, the SoccerBible takes a retrospective look at the football boots of the Mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo.


Nike's pinnacle speed series has evolved and changed a lot in the eight seasons that the Portugese star has been making headlines on and off the pitch. Check out our favourites and iconic football boots...

Jump to a season: 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010


Nike Mercurial Chrome (2002/03)

Legend has it that the young Portugese star caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson as Sporting beat Man Utd 3-1 at the opening of their new stadium in Lisbon. Ronaldo sported these retro Mercurial Chrome boots in that famous win, effectively sealing his move to Old Trafford.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Chrome (2003/04)

Donning the iconic #7 jersey for the Red Devils, Ronaldo continued to bring his mercurial skills to the top flight. Still sporting the Nike Mercurial Chrome boots, Ronaldo went on to score Utd's 1000th Premier League goal and finished the season in double figures.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Gold (2004)

The European Championships on home turf gave the mercrurial talent the platform to shine, but the final hurdle was a step too far for the Portugese team. Ronaldo kept the faith with the Mercurial series, sporting these Gold releases from the R9 series of his Brazilian namesake. CR7 also wore these gold boots in the FA Cup Final win over Millwall.



Nike Mercurial Vapor II White/Red (2004/05)

Unlike his recent exploits, Ronaldo remained in the same boots for nearly a whole season at a time. Notable exceptions included this rare outing in the Nike Mercurial Vapor II White/Red boots, as Cristiano tended to prefer the White/Black throughout 2004 & early 2005.



Nike Mercurial Vapor III Charcoal (2005/06)

Ronaldo took a while to change up to the MVIII boots (one of SoccerBible's All Time Favourite Boots). But once he did he was the epitome of consistency, sporting these Charcoal/Gold Nike Mercurial Vapor III football boots in rotation with the White/Silver versions.



Nike Mercurial Vapor III Sport Red (2006)

These sport red Mercurial Vapor III boots were worn only a few times by the Portugese star, but as Nike started to ramp up their colour releases, the temptation to change boots must have increased! The World Cup in Germany saw Ronaldo sport these Red and the Charcoal colourways.



Nike Mercurial Vapor III White (2006/07)

Arguably the most successful for Ronaldo's in the Vapor III series, these White/Black releases dominated the Portugese star's boot choice for many months throughout 2006 and into 2007 - putting United firmly on their way to a 1st league title in four years.



Nike Mercurial Vapor III Platinum (2007)

The Mercurial colours kept on coming! These Ronaldo sported these Platinum/Red/Black Vapor III boots at the beginning of the 2007/08 Premier League season, although the Portugese star would probably wish to forget this season's start as he began with a three match ban.



Nike Mercurial Vapor III Argon Blue (2007)

One of the last Mercurial Vapor 3 colourways, but the Argon Blue boots seemed to give Ronaldo added powers as he dominated the Premier League in the run up to Xmas - perhaps most memorable for a strike against his old club Sporting in the Champions League.



Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Orange Peel (2008)

This is where CR7 and Nike Mercurial went to a whole new level. Debuting the bright Orange Peel Vapor IV, Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick for United in a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle, and prompted mass demand for these iconic football boots. Within a matter of weeks, it seemed like every player was wearing the Orange Mercurials, such was the impact of that game,



Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Sport Red (2008)

It wasn't long before Ronaldo made the switch to the Sport Red and Gold colour release of the Vapor IV (despite being the lead icon for the premium Mercurial Vapor SL series). Ronaldo and United were heading for Premier League and Champions League destiny, with the Portugese star hitting 35 goals in 37 domestic and European matches in the Mercurials.



Nike Mercurial SL (2008)

The limited of limited releases, Ronaldo took to the Champions League final wearing the Nike Mercurial SL football boots, essentially Nike's first "concept boot". A towering header and penalty shoot out later and Ronaldo had helped United to their 3rd European Cup.



Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Pine Green (2008)

Ronaldo's star had never been higher at this point, so Nike continued to thrust the Portugese star into the limelight. An exclusive colourway of the Vapor IV boots - the Pine Green - was given to Ronaldo for the European Championships. Despite the potential and promise the last Euro Championships had delivered, Portugal fell short again this time succumbing to Germany in the Quarter Finals



Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Marina/Volt (2008)

Back to domestic duty and the next release in the hugely popular Mercurial Vapor IV series was this Marina-Volt colour, scoring his 100th Manchester United goal in the boots.



Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron (2008/09)

Rattling through the Vapor IV colourways included the popular Citron release, however Ronaldo still insisted on choosing the Vapor over the Vapor SL carbon-soled versions. Can't have done him any harm as he helped United to the World Club Championship and the League Cup...



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Max Orange (2009)

The most hyped and talked about football boots so far, Ronaldo debuted the Superfly against Inter Milan in the Champions League. Now even more elusive thanks to a complicated release then withdrawal from sale, Ronaldo rose above the drama to keep hitting the net for United and making the headlines in the Max Orange Superfly boots



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Black (2009)

Some superb positioning by the Nike team as Cristiano Ronaldo was presented to the adoring Madrid fans, after his mammoth transfer to the Spanish capital. The Black Pack Mercurial Vapor Superfly was Ronaldo's weapon of choice as he began his La Liga career.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Orion Blue (2009)

Ronaldo held off for a while before changing to the .Orion Blue Superfly II boots, but once he was in the latest Nike Mercurial Superfly II release there was no stopping the Madrid star as he made the Bernabeu his own stage.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly Yellow (2009/10)

Big news when Ronaldo switched to the Yellow Superfly - as well as some controversy over the sole plate the Madrid star sported, which differed from the retail firm ground plate. Oh, to be a professional footballer...



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Violet (2010)

Nike went even bigger and bolder for the release of the Superfly II football boots, dominating the London skyline with a star studded launch at Battersea Powerstation. On the pitch, their lead man seemed at first reluctant to make the switch to the Violet Pop boots, which must have caused concern for the Nike head honchos!



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II WC (2010)

Unlike Euro 2008, Ronaldo was not quite an individual rather amongst a sea of Orange and Silver as Nike unleashed the World Cup Football Boots. Not even the subject of debate, Ronaldo's  Nike Superfly II Elite boots sported his custom mixed sole plate for the South Africa turf.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cactus (2010)

Keeping up with the trends can be an occupational hazard, however Ronaldo switched to the Bright Cactus versions of the Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II football boots not long after their release at the beginning of the season. Of course, complete with customary mixed sole plate option.



Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cherry (2010)

The current flavour of choice for Real's Portugal star, the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Voltage Cherry saw CR7 hit a stunning 4 goals in his latest match showing that no matter what colour on his feet, the mercurial talents of Cristiano Ronaldo shine through!



Of course, there are many other colours and editions we could have chosen but we're sure you'll agree this selection is certainly fitting of one of the modern game's great players.


Stay tuned to the SoccerBible for the official reveal of the Nike CR7 Safari collection and some brand new news you won't find anywhere else!



MisterZ said:

Good boots, good player..... but adidas boots is the BEST.. VIVA MAN UNITED

October 27, 2010 7:57 AM

SkilletBoi said:

the sport red vapor III's AND IV's are lush, i have a pair of the red and gold vapor iv's

October 27, 2010 8:57 AM

prof3z said:

Good boots for a very good player...

October 27, 2010 9:04 AM

js7 said:

ronaldo best in the world!

October 27, 2010 9:08 AM

moriorixs said:

what a great idea. over in NZ sooo many people have the green vapor iv in the talaria version

October 27, 2010 9:20 AM

Adidas_Over_Nike_Anyday said:

i like the green pine vapour IV. Still prefer adidas despite the nice colours of nike.

October 27, 2010 9:20 AM

rcar said:

they are all lush lol

October 27, 2010 9:24 AM

nike_pro777 said:

it' coming tomorrow yeah!!

October 27, 2010 9:30 AM

anshul_doctor_saf said:

man!he is sure loyal to nike

the ones he wears 2009 onwards are the best!

October 27, 2010 9:54 AM

lawkaikwong said:

best soccer player in the world!!!

October 27, 2010 10:44 AM

cdowling12 said:

i have 11 out of 23 of them boots

October 27, 2010 11:52 AM

rooney_10_MUFC said:

i have 3 out of the 23

October 27, 2010 12:27 PM

monster_human said:

harika adam yaa...........

October 27, 2010 12:49 PM

gak8 said:

wish he would of stayed at utd

October 27, 2010 12:51 PM

boothby-m said:

i have a pair of the Max orange/silver/abyss superfly I SG in a UK 11 unworn if anyone is interested £160?????

October 27, 2010 1:18 PM

NP9 said:

What a Player!

October 27, 2010 1:24 PM

O Jogo Belo said:

he may be a total *** but you've got to admit he's got style...

October 27, 2010 1:30 PM

a_predator_fan said:

cristiano ronaldo is ***

October 27, 2010 2:34 PM

Jesus Chuqi said:

i have a 3 of 23 of these boots.. man i swere cristiano ronaldo changing boots like i change my interior chloting

October 27, 2010 2:52 PM

jbkelly said:

If these new safari boots looked more like the SLs then they might look pretty good. May be even a digital safari look or something but to go straight snow leopard is just wrong.

October 27, 2010 2:56 PM

Toby11Ozil said:

Woow, His Been Wearin Vapor's From The Start... Great Player :)

October 27, 2010 2:59 PM

FootyN0tSoccer said:

I had the orange peel Vapor, my favourite boot, about to switch out though 'cause they don't fit anymore )=

October 27, 2010 3:45 PM

Steven4vapor said:

ive had 9 pairs of these

October 27, 2010 3:47 PM

jwinBarcelona said:

I had a pair of the Mercurial Vapor II Kangaroo Leather versions and they were great. To be honest though have become to expensive. Good boot but i think for the first time in a long time adidas has finally made a speed boot that is much better. Lighter much more comfortable to break in and i think overall better value for the money. Every one i KNow that has the past two Vapors has been unhappy with them. But ther is no doubt that these are good for CR7.

October 27, 2010 5:01 PM

quato10 said:

i have nine of these the champion league final ones are the best ones iv got!

October 27, 2010 5:52 PM

benvapour9 said:

i have 7 of those 23 on display and must say my favourites are still the pine green vapor 4's and the pink superflys great quality boots despite the price haha

October 27, 2010 7:31 PM

etang12 said:


October 27, 2010 8:06 PM

Nobi Speed said:

Does any1 know how much the chrome, vapor and vapor 2 weighed?

October 27, 2010 8:19 PM

pcm19 said:

the vapor sl's and pine were the best.

he should come back to united

October 27, 2010 9:20 PM

barc4b0y said:

superfly nice looking but not a lasting boot. it was nice to remember nike boots from the past eight year

October 27, 2010 9:45 PM

torres1094 said:

Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Citron, Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cactus and Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II Cherry are the best

October 27, 2010 9:49 PM

TJharper said:

Vapor III are the best ever !!!!!!!!!

October 27, 2010 10:19 PM

WRooney10 said:

i wish nike would do another chrome colourway, never got the chance to get the first boots on this list :(

October 27, 2010 11:54 PM

bobbycfc said:

I have 14 of the 23 shown. I really like this article cos it shows all the different mercurial colours as well as his loyalty to nike Also has anyone noticed that when he was at man utd nike had provided the kit for his club and country. Only when he was in Sporting Lisbon (Reebok) and in Real Madrid (Adidas) they didn't. If only Ronaldo changed into adizeros then adidas would have all three current best players of the world (1st-Messi & 3rd-Xavi). Plus who do you think will win Fifa Player of the Year???

October 28, 2010 12:02 AM

ChivasChelseaFan said:

hate the player sorry, but chicharito is better

but i do like it when ronaldo wears the yellow vapors

October 28, 2010 1:23 AM

Red Devils 4 Life said:

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani r my favorite players and the vibrant yellow and bright cactus vapors are the best :D

October 28, 2010 1:43 AM

R9vsCR7 said:

awesome cleats and player

October 28, 2010 3:39 AM

azhar82 said:

Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II WC (2010) are on my wish list

October 28, 2010 8:13 AM

robinluis said:

i like how in the carbon fibre caption, it says,  'A towering header and penalty shoot out later and Ronaldo had helped United to their 3rd European Cup.' - he didnt score with his feet, and he missed his penalty. lmao.

theres no doubt that the nike vapors are a superb boot and always have been, but the price of them now makes them unattractive.

also, i honestly dont think that bright colourways and boots like this will survive for much longer. im 17, and nearly everyone at school is going to copa's, puma kings, adipures etc. and in black. as i've grown up, i've no longer been persuaded by the colours, a simple black boot which doesnt take much cleaning is what nike should be looking to do. just because its a brand new boot and is for speed, doesnt mean it needs loads of colour. im pretty sure there is probably millions of people out there wanting a speed boot, but not wanting to stand out on the pitch with bright boots. this is why i believe they should release the black player editions arshavin was seen in.

October 28, 2010 1:42 PM

Portugal R live said:


October 28, 2010 1:57 PM

LionelMessi said:

Hey just wanted to say i went on your website on the 28/10/10  or today and there was a thing about the safari about downloading the exclusive wallpaper and stuff?

October 28, 2010 2:06 PM

Adidas_forever said:


October 28, 2010 3:15 PM

I-con7 said:

Old 2008 VapOr s are legend i got the Nike Mercurial Vapor IV Marina/Volt (2008)

but its too small for me now...

sTill vApor the best

I will only wear the vaporss

i PromISEN


October 28, 2010 3:54 PM

Monnie15 said:

the best!!!!!!

November 9, 2010 2:05 AM

crixsure14 said:

que chimbas de guayos los que utiliza cristiano

November 16, 2010 2:20 AM

deron said:

world cup shoes are tiempo studs :O

November 22, 2010 4:43 PM

nickbol said:

very nice

December 24, 2010 7:42 PM

Juve96 said:

They should bring back the Mercurial Vapor III boots!

December 26, 2010 1:08 PM

acornea98 said:

hah take that nike ,ronaldo hates the safaris, no one likes them

January 2, 2011 10:42 AM

ari millis said:

ronaldo weres the best boots in the world nike  all the way      especially the safaris they are mad

February 17, 2011 10:10 PM

4otto7 said:

im so horny for the orange vapor IV's

March 3, 2011 7:47 PM

4otto7 said:

im so horny for the orange vapor IV's

March 3, 2011 7:47 PM

4otto7 said:

im so horny for the orange vapor IV's

March 3, 2011 7:47 PM

4otto7 said:

im so horny for the orange vapor IV's

March 3, 2011 7:47 PM

scoop said:

they should bring back the vapor IV for a limited time kinda thing i would buy like 2 or 3 pairs

April 19, 2011 10:32 PM

AliMorta7 said:

Misses is Safari superfly II Windchill Nike Mercurial superfly III and  Nike Mercurial superfly III but its still SICK!

May 14, 2011 5:17 PM

yassine21 said:

   the best shoes is the green

June 16, 2011 3:44 AM

apis_henshin said: is the real hero in real madrid..

June 17, 2011 4:55 AM

Torres57 said:

he is a good player

August 10, 2011 1:06 PM

buny2 said:

i always wanted to buy the mercurial sl's they look absolutely brilliant! i never had a chance to get one tough... i used the vapor IV sl (orange) they are sick but i prefer superfly II now they fit the best!

August 12, 2011 7:06 PM

Superflyleftwingmaestro said:

Viva Ronaldo! Viva Arsenal! Viva Mercurial Range!

September 5, 2011 12:02 PM

abRMCAF3110 said:

The best player in the world

September 8, 2011 9:37 PM

Buffy Tekkers said:

My Favourite player

September 12, 2011 12:34 AM

Arian said:


November 17, 2011 5:13 AM

DeRonnie said:

lov every one of those boots soooo siiik!!!!!!!!!!!

February 11, 2012 2:24 AM

bpollo28 said:

need to make a newer one with the booots thru 2012

February 27, 2012 2:44 PM

dc7 said:

y arent dey updating dis

May 12, 2012 10:28 AM

manufan1997 said:

luckiest guy ever he get free mercurials             hard work pays off

August 2, 2012 8:00 PM

KD7MUFC said:

Nike Mercurial Vapor III Sport Red (2006) My fav boots of all time... Wish nike would make Nike Mercurial's like they did before 2007. Not a fan of the Nike tick coming round the front ):

November 23, 2012 6:54 PM
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