Scoring twice in last night’s Champions League game at Malmö, Cristiano Ronaldo not only became joint-topscorer for Real Madrid but also scored his 500th career goal. Ronaldo’s sponsor Nike was quick to celebrate this milestone, as well as the fact that all 500 goals were scored wearing boots of the iconic Nike Mercurial collection, with a nice graphic and a look back at Ronaldo’s most important boots along the way.
Mercurial Vapor ‘Shock Orange’ – 2003
Cristiano Ronaldo wore these classics when winning the important U-20 tournament in Toulon with Portugal, just months before joining Manchester United.
Mercurial Vapor SL – 2008
Created to shine on the biggest European stage, Cristiano Ronaldo sported the stunning Nike Mercurial Vapor SL boots in 2008, the first Nike boot with a carbon fiber upper.
Mercurial Vapor Superfly – 2009
A year later, Nike unveiled the groundbreaking Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly, the first boots to include the Flywire strings, a technology later picked up for both the Nike Mercurial Superfly and the Nike Hypervenom Phantom II. It took Ronaldo just 49 minutes for his first goal wearing the ultralight Mercurial Superflys.
Nike Mercurial Vapor CR Safari – 2010
In 2010, Nike released the very first signature boot for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Nike Mercurial Vapor CR Safari. Featuring a unique upper design, the Safari cleats helped to further increase Cristiano’s standing in the football world.
Nike Mercurial Vapor IX CR – 2013
Inspired by an incredible 2011-12 season, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo not only win his first (and last) Spanish league title, but also score 60 goals in 50 matches and manage to score a goal against each of the 19 La Liga teams he encountered that season.
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 Rare Gold
Celebrating Cristiano Ronaldo’s second consecutive Ballon d’Or win in 2014, Nike released the stunning Mercurial Superfly CR7 Rare Gold boots.