📸 Ronaldo, Henry and Mbappé – iconic players wearing Nike Mercurials – Okegoal.com

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Football culture, retro jerseys and iconic boots are forcing their way into the modern game with each passing season.

So why not join us on this trip down memory lane – especially as it’s Nike’s 50th anniversary this year, and look at some iconic players wearing some iconic Mercurials?

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Ronaldo Nazário

  • Edition: Nike Mercurial

Everything feels better with rose-tinted glasses but these Mercurials – the first ever pair created by Nike – couldn’t have been made for anybody better.

Ronaldo wore these beauties at the 1998 World Cup, where he netted four goals for eventual runners-up Brazil and later won the Golden Ball award.


Thierry Henry

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  • Edition: Mercurial Vapor III

If your childhood didn’t involve nagging your parents to buy you these Mercurial Vapor IIIs, in order to look like Thierry Henry, then you missed out.

The Arsenal icon had swagger to match his obscene talent and when wearing these beautiful burgundy boots, the game was over before you knew it.


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Cristiano Ronaldo

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  • Edition: Mercurial Vapor Superfly

Think about Cristiano Ronaldo and his best goals at Manchester United. If it’s not the free kick against Portsmouth or Arsenal – you’re lying.

Just before his move to Real Madrid in 2009, the Portuguese forward was scoring for fun and looked iconic in those famous red Mercurials.


Neymar

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  • Edition: Mercurial Vapor XI

Barcelona were a joy to watch when MSN (Messi, Suárez, Neymar) were at their full power, and these green Mercurial Vapor XIs bring us right back.

Neymar is known for wearing orange, pink and other fluorescent colours, but the combination of this bright colourway with the Barça jersey feels perfect.


Kylian Mbappé

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  • Edition: Mercurial Superfly 8

Ronaldo, Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar … it’s only fair we add Kylian Mbappé to this list as he looks next in line for the footballing throne.

With the boot design and technology centred around speed, they feel perfect for his physical qualities and the contrast with PSG’s blue jersey is amazing.

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