Everyone loves a good pair of boots.
Slipping on a hot pair of wheels instils confidence in even the shoddiest player.
But which are the greatest boots ever produced?
Before we start, an honourable mention to Emnnauel Frimpong’s custom Pumas which only just missed out.
Just kidding, they’re abysmal.
1 Adidas Predator (Mania — although all of them are worthy)
The boot that came to define a whole era of the game.
Famously worn by David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Raul and a whole host of other top stars.
Former Liverpool player Craig Johnston designed and created the prototype during his retirement years. The innovative rubber strips provide greater friction when striking the ball — allowing for greater curl.
Celtic’s John Collins scored the first ever Predator goal in a 1994 Old Firm derby. You learn something new every day.
2 Nike Mercurial Vapour R9
Designed specifically to suit Ronaldo’s explosive style, the boot took inspiration from track and field spikes.
The image of the legendary Brazilian No9 looking forlorn after his dramatic 1998 World Cup final will live long in the memory.
3 Lotto Stadio
A true Italian classic.
Dino Zoff and Ruud Gullit donned the famous green logo and you saw them everywhere on Gazzetta Football Italia.
Premium leather made them smooth and sumptuous — one of the first boots to be seen as a fashion accessory.
4 Nike Tiempo
Worn by Romario and Paulo Maldini in the 1994 World Cup final.
The boot that established Nike as a serious competitor to the likes of Adidas, Puma and Hummel.
At the peak of his powers, Ronaldinho progressed through a series of glorious Tiempos. If anyone could pull off gold, it was the Brazilian magician.
5 Puma Kings
King by name, king by nature.
Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona all did their best work in a pair of these majestic boots.
A timeless design that birthed a thousand timeless goals.
6 Nike Air Zoom Total 90 III
For an entire generation of kids, slipping on a pair of these made them feel, if just for a brief moment, that they were a global superstar.
Gold, red or grey, it didn’t matter — they were magic.
7 Adidas Copa Mundial
Adidas’ three stripes have never looked better.
Designed for the 1982 World Cup, the flawless simplicity of the design made them the seminal football boot.
The best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be.