It’s always nice when life come full circle.
Who doesn’t get misty-eyed at the thought of Juan Roman Riquelme retiring at Argentinos Juniors 22 years after starting his career there. Nope? Only us? Moving swiftly on.
At an ambiguous point in the worryingly not-too-distant past, Kylian Mbappe begged his mum for a pair of the latest Nike boots. Now, as a professional footballer, he’s re-launching the same boots.
If that isn’t a case of life coming full circle to warm the heart then we don’t know what is.
The Nike Greenspeed, or GS for short, originally launched in 2012.
They made something of a wave in the boot world at the time given the were Nike’s lightest boot, weighing in at 160g, or a cup of couscous for all the chefs out there.
Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and Eden Hazard all wore the silo before it ended up on the footballing scrapheap, alongside those weird square toe boots Harry Redknapp tried to launch.
In another example of life coming full circle, Neymar wore the GS during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Neymar was part of the Brazil squad that got all the way to the final, where they were beaten 2-1 by Mexico. Nobody has seen Leandro Damiao since.
Six years on, Neymar and Mbappe are now PSG team-mates.
For those of you wondering, Great Britain- powered by Scott Sinclair, Marvin Sordell and Steven Caulker- only made it to the quarter-finals where they were dumped out on penalties by South Korea. Some things never change.
The only worry for PSG will be that Mbappe’s new boots bring back some bad memories for Neymar, although he did lead Brazil to Olympic gold four years later.
The latest version of the Nike GS are fully recyclable, while two alternative colourways to the OG ‘volt/black’ versions will be available through NikeiD.
Perfect for all your bang average Sunday League needs.
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