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Italian defender has a bizarre technique for avoiding blisters during games

Italian defender Francesco Vicari cuts holes out of the back of his boots to avoid getting blisters

There’s nothing worse than blisters.

Okay, there’s actually a lot worse in the world than the humble blister, but they still hurt a fair amount.

It’s not just Sunday League footballers that suffer though.

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Italian centre-back Francesco Vicari has been turning heads in Serie A with SPAL.

The minnows, who went bankrupt as recently as 2005, have defied expectations to stay out of the drop zone so far this season.

But it’s Vicari’s choice of boots that have caught our attention.

Is it us or is something missing?

Is it us or is something missing?

Vicari has been cutting a hole out of the back of his boots, presumably to avoid getting blisters.

The former Italy Under-21 international’s boots always feature a large hole at the back, copying a similar tactic used by Philippe Coutinho this season.

Holy moly.

Business at the front, party at the back

Business at the front, party at the back

But before you run off and take a pair of scissors to your Copa Mundials, it’s worth pointing out that Vicari probably doesn’t pay for his boots.

One of the perks of being a professional footballer is that you get given free boots, hence why John Terry gets away with wearing three pairs a game.

We’d advise you just buy some blister stickers instead. Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.