Ronaldo, known as “O Fenômeno,” debuted the first Nike Mercurial almost 20 years ago.
The silhouette made an instant impression on a young Neymar Jr., who debuted for Brazil (at 18 years of age) wearing the Mercurial Superfly II.
The lateral side of the Puro Fenomeno features the iconic chrome and blue colour scheme of the ’98 Mercurial, with the speed ribs of the current Mercurial altered to mimic the original’s wavy lines. The black tips of the cleat studs are also a nod to the ’98 version.
The medial side of the boot features the bold graphic of the Mercurial Superfly II.
“Ousadia” and “Alegria” also appear on this side of the boots, consistent with the daring and joyful style of play he is known for. Additionally, Neymar Jr.’s personal logo is emblazoned on the heels.
“The partnership between Neymar and Mercurial is perfect," Ronaldo said.
"He has this characteristic in his game, he’s very fast, can abruptly change direction. In football, the boot has to help you perform, not only be there as a footwear, has to be part of you, at your command. The Mercurial has this power.”
The new Nike Mercurial Puro Fenomeno is available now on nike.com.