When the new Magista Obra and Mercurial Superfly series were released there was a lot of talk about the new dynamic mid cut collar that both boots featured. The collar covers the ankle, and it is designed to make the boots feel as an extension to the foot. The response from most readers has been positive, and the collar performed very well. The dynamic mid cut collar actually did help make the boots feel like an extension of the body and help with turns and agility. So it would seem as if most professional players would go for the new and improved mid cut collar, but that hasn’t always seemed to be the case.
Find more about the Mid Cut Collar in the review of the Nike Magista Obra.
It seems as if around half the players in this World Cup have chosen the standard collar over the dynamic collar. However, this doesn’t always mean that they are wearing a take down boot. Cristiano Ronaldo actually wore a customized pair of Nike Superflys that featured a regular cut collar. So from a distance it may have seemed as if CR7 preferred the Vapor over the Superfly but he may just prefer the classic collar. But many other players did choose the takedown version of either the Opus or Vapor instead of the Obra or Superfly. Remember that the Opus and Vapor do not have the dynamic fit collar.
Didier Drogba – It seems like ages ago since Drogba came off the bench against Japan to implement “the Drogba effect” to help his team win 2-1. Unfortunately the World Cup stage has seen the last of Drogba after they were knocked it in group stages, but what a legacy he has had. Drogba has worn Mercurial Vapors for as long as I can remember so I suppose that he decided to stick with them for his last World Cup.
Gervinho – Another Ivory Coast striker to wear the Mercurial series was former Arsenal player, Gervinho. He went with the mid-cut collar Superfly and managed to notch 2 goals in them, including one of the goals of the tournament vs Colombia.
Thibaut Courtois – The future looks bright for young Courtois. His quality goalkeeping throughout the tournament saved Belgium from a few scares. Unfortunately, even his effort couldn’t tame Argentina and with the loss came to his undefeated streak with Belgium.
Eden Hazard – Eden Hazard came into this World Cup being lauded by many spectators and pundits as set for success. Unfortunately, Hazard didn’t have the same star effect that he seemed to have at Chelsea. He looked a totally different player and had a pretty disappointing tournament in the end. He wore a pair of Mercurial Vapors for the duration of the tournament. He has had so much success with the Vapor line over the last few seasons, so I don’t see why he would end up switching into Superflys.
Jan Vertonghen – The third Belgium player on this list, Vertonghen played a role in all five Belgium games and also was awarded the man of the match award against South Korea. He and his Magistas found the back of the net in that game by finishing a second ball in the box.
Sami Khedira – Khedira notched a goal for Germany in the semifinal rout of Brazil 7-1. Look for him to put in a shift in the final when the Germans take on Argentina. Khedira wore the Maestri’s this season while battling an injury, so its not a surprise that he continues with the same low cut collar that he is familiar with.
Cristiano Ronaldo – As I mentioned earlier in the article, Ronaldo was spotted wearing a customized pair of Superflys with a low cut collar. Obviously, he must have a specific reason on why he prefers the traditional cut because he appeared in the regular Superfly version in all of Nike’s marketing.
Javier Mascherano – Mascherano is one of the players on this list that reached the finals of this World Cup. Messi seems to grab all the headlines for Argentina, which kind of knocks Mascherano’s importance a little off the radar. But his midfield play has been key for Argentina and a quality performance will be needed from him if they hope to win it versus Germany. And with Di Maria carrying an injury, Mascherano could have a bigger influence on both sides of the ball.
Paul Pogba – Paul Pogba has had an interesting boot World Cup. He started off in a pair of Magista Opus but reverted to the CTR360 Maestri III Reflective in his following games. The gray/blue reflective colorway actually matches very nicely with the France Kit. He has had a lot of success wearing the Maestri IIIs, so it is going to be interesting to see where he goes with his boot choice come the start of the new season.
Sergio Busquets – Unfortunately for Busquets, he was part of a Spanish side that failed to qualify for the knockout round. Many people thought this team would be a contender for the title (including me), but we just didn’t witness the same mesmerizing display that we normally do from the Spaniards. Busquets wore a pair of low cut Magistas for his short time in this event.
What other notable players prefer the low cut versions of their boots? Let us know in the comments below!