But, no matter how good the replicas are, they’ll never beat the originals.
So let’s put our old Adidas on and take a walk down memory lane together, looking at the best releases from the Predator series.
Adidas Predator (1994)
Here’s a bit of trivia. Can you name the first person to score a goal in a pair of Predators?
We’ll put you out of your misery. It was John Collins in April 1994, for Celtic against Rangers.
And so a legendary series was born.
Adidas Predator Rapier (1995)
With Kangaroo leather and a fold over tongue the Rapier started to become more of the boot we know and love today.
They gave you 99 swerve whether in your back garden or out on the pitch, where professional footballers really started to take note.
Just look how many pairs Gazza owned…
Adidas Predator Touch (1996)
It might seem a bit outdated now, but the addition of a red tongue was quite the talking point in 1996.
That flash of red was all Colin Hendry saw when Gazza took him to the cleaners at Euro ’96.
They were also responsible for David Beckham’s goal against Wimbledon, although the only size 8 boots Adidas could provide for him already had ‘Charlie’ inscribed on the tongue as they were meant for Rangers’ Charlie Miller.
Adidas Predator Accelerator (1998)
We’re going to come clean. These are our favourite Predators ever released.
The waves. The tongue. The grooves.
Zinedine Zidane helped himself to two goals in the ’98 World Cup final wearing a pair of Accelerators, so he’s probably pretty fond of them as well.
Adidas Predator Precision (2000)
Another release, another final winning performance from a player laced up in Adidas Predators.
Euro 2000 saw France’s David Trezeguet smash home a golden goal against Italy wearing the Predator Precision.
We’re not saying he wouldn’t have scored if he was wearing a different boot, but it definitely wouldn’t have looked as good.
Adidas Predator Mania (2002)
Want iconic? How about Zidane’s Champions League final goal in 2002.
What was he wearing? Yep, you guessed it, a pair of Predators.
The Mania launched at the 2002 World Cup an became synonymous with David Beckham’s free-kicks, so much so that Sir Alex Ferguson launched one into Becks’ head with a sweep of his right foot.
Adidas Predator Absolute (2006)
Who do you think of when you see these boots? For what it’s worth, we think of Stevie G.
It was in the Absolute that Gerrard broke West Ham hearts during the 2006 FA Cup final.
But Beckham, Kaka, Zizou, Frank Lampard and Raul all laced up the Predator Absolute so you weren’t short of a player or two when it came to picking your favourite.
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