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What boots were World Cup final goalscorers wearing when they found the back of the net?

The Libero: We can't tell you what scoring in a World Cup final feels like, but we can tell you what boots they were wearing

There’s only one thing I like more than football. Football boots.

I’ll always remember my first pair as a youngster. They were the green and black Diadora boots Roy Keane used to wear.

I took the spirit of Keane into my next game and wasn’t allowed to play for that club again. To be fair I was only seven.


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Sunday League staples

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Sunday League staples

But the first time I can really remember seeing a pair of boots on TV and taking note was the 1998 World Cup final.

Zizou’s Adidas Predator Accelerator were a thing of pure beauty.

It got me thinking back on other World Cup goalscorers and the boots they were wearing when they found the back of the net.

(I couldn’t really remember any of them so I had to Google it all).

How would you fancy playing in a pair of those

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How would you fancy playing in a pair of those

1998 World Cup: Brazil 0-3 France

Although it was Zizou’s head that did the talking with two goals in the ’98 World Cup final it was his feet that caught the eye.

The three flashes of white against the black and red looked like an angry shark engaging in a boot of footballing ballet, via Zidane’s feet.

Emmanuel Petit, scorer of the third goal, kept it classy in some Adidas Copa Mundials.

Two GOATS of the football boot world

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Two GOATS of the football boot world

2002 World Cup: Germany 0-2 Brazil

Ronaldo finally got his hands on a World Cup medal four years later when he beat an irate Oliver Khan twice to give Brazil a 2-0 win.

He was wearing a silver pair of Nike Mercurial Vapors- a classic silhouette in its own right.

You can only pull off chrome boots if you’re special.

Shining bright

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Shining bright

2006 World Cup: Italy 1-1 France (Italy won on penalties)

Another World Cup final, another chance for Zizou to score in a pair of Adidas Predators.

This time his Panenka penalty was scored wearing a pair of Predator Absolutes, although Marco Materazzi equalised wearing a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor III.

Ironically both boots would get plenty of airtime in arguably the most iconic World Cup picture since the Hand of God.

What’s the French for ‘forehead to chest’?

When someone says Nike > Adidas

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When someone says Nike > Adidas

2010 World Cup: Netherlands 0-1 Spain (AET)

With a flash of his right foot Andres Iniesta won Spain a first ever World Cup.

He did so wearing a pair of NikeCTR 360 Maestri Elite boots which were part of the Elite series rolled out by Nike ahead of the tournament.

Iniesta would have made any boot look good the way he took the goal. Apart from Sondicos, no one makes them look good.

With a flash of grey and orange it was all done for the Oranje

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With a flash of grey and orange it was all done for the Oranje

2014 World Cup: Germany 1-0 Argentina (AET)

After 113 minutes of dreadful football every neutral in the world was willing the final to go to penalties.

But Mario Gotze, who came on as a substitute in the 88th minute, spoiled the party.

He volleyed home with underrated ease wearing Nike Magista Obra boots to hand Germany the trophy.

Gotze hasn’t done much since, but who cares.

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