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Why does Mats Hummels cut holes in the end of his boots?

The Bayern Munich centre-back has explained the reasoning behind the strange tactic

Here’s something you don’t see every day.

The first Der Klassiker between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich didn’t disappoint on Saturday, with the Bavarians winning a thrilling game 3-1.


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Bayern were victorious over their great rivals

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Bayern were victorious over their great rivals

Mats Hummels played a vital role in that Bayern win, keeping his former side at bay until Marc Bartra’s late consolation goal.

And eagle eyed fans were quick to spot something unusual about Hummels – and specifically his boots.

Hummels started against his former side

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Hummels started against his former side

The German centre-back had some pretty heft holes at the end of his orange boots, but why?

What’s going on here then?

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What’s going on here then?

Well he enlightened us with the reason afterwards.

Hummels told Sky Germany: “I can not put a lot of pressure on the big toes because they’re both blue, they’re just a bit broken at the moment, so I hope it will regenerate next week.”

Nasty stuff.

Imagine how good Hummels would be if he was pain free?