Last October, Nike started a series that was designed to chronicle (and honor) the life of Cristiano Ronaldo. Through the new series, seven personalized Mercurial Superfly CR7 boots are set to be unveiled one at a time over the next several seasons. Chapter 1: Savage Beauty was very openly welcomed to the market, and Ronaldo wore them really well.
Chapter 2: Natural Diamond focuses on Ronaldo’s move away from home as a child to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Ronaldo has called leaving home at the age of 12 the “most difficult part of my career so far.”
Nike drew upon this inspiration when designing CR7 Chapter 2: Natural Diamond, channeling how Ronaldo has forged his game through hard work over the years.
For the first time, Nike textured the heel of a Mercurial for this boot. It is designed to look rocky and rough, representing those early years away from home when Ronaldo was refining his game to show the promise of the player he would become. As the boot transitions to the forefoot, it smoothens out, analogous again to Ronaldo’s journey and development.
The boot’s name, “Natural Diamond” acknowledges Ronaldo’s natural ability but also how he crafted his game under pressure. The diamond aspect is further highlighted by the sparkle visible in the Swoosh and the CR7 logo.
Tracking the next 5 generations will continue to be even more exciting as Nike find new ways to improve print techniques and overall boot technology. This same print will be featured right across the Mercurial line-up, including a Vapor X version.
As for Chapter 3, we expect that edition to be on the Mercurial Superfly V!
If you are interested in a pair, you won’t have too long to wait. March 22nd is the date they are officially available for retail.