The Pink Panther has changed to the Citron Panther! After being the first to wear the Nike Mercurial IV Berry, Franck Ribery broke out the Nike Mercurial IV Citron in Bayern Munich’s final Champions League group game. Bayern Munich won the game 3-2, with Ribery getting on the score sheet. Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Adriano also wore the cleats in Inter Milan’s game. It seems that Nike have a plan to keep bringing new bright and interesting colors to the pitch. The wait for the Citron version of the cleat will be a while. The cleat release is not set until Feb 1st, so for now players will have to stick with the Berry Version!
Last weekend in Serie A, AC Milan’s Brazilian star Pato was the first to debut the citron cleats. Pato had the assist on Kaka’s goal in the 1-0 win over Catania. Over the past year, Pato has also been one of the first to wear the Sport Red/Met Gold/Blk version, and also the Orange Peel (as pictured).
Early Thursday morning, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo also wore the Nike Mercurial Citron, so it seems that he may also wear the cleats this weekend in United’s huge Premier League clash with Tottenham. Ronaldo has not been scoring lately for United, but no doubt he will want to impress wearing his new cleats as the new Ballon D’or winner (European player of the year)!