Nike has released the latest boot, CR7 Chapter 3: Discovery, intended to celebrate the story of Cristiano Ronaldo. It was last March that we saw chapter 2 (Natural Diamond), so this is somewhat of an anticipated release. Through the series, seven personalized Mercurial Superfly CR7 boots are being unveiled one at a time over several seasons.
Chapter 3: Discovery focuses on how he made such an impressive impression on one of the World’s greatest ever managers, that he signed him within a few weeks. On August 6th, 2003, at the age of 18, Cristiano Ronaldo played for his Lisbon club for the last time, against Manchester United. On this day, Cristiano helped create 2 goals, leading to a 3-1 victory over the Red Devils. In the process, he showcased tremendous speed, technique, and potential.
The impression he left on his opponents and their coach, the winningest manager of modern football, was so strong, players including defender Rio Ferdinand urged their coach after the game to sign him to the team. The legendary manager was equally impressed by the youngster, stating he was one of the most exciting young players he had ever seen.
Less than a week later, the news broke that he had signed with the red side of Manchester for a staggering £12.24 million, making him at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history.
The fateful game that propelled his career to the next level is the inspiration behind the design of the CR7 Chapter 3: Discovery. The colors of the boots are inspired by the team he was playing for, amplified in a modern way. The lateral side features silver dot graphics, as well as a subtle reflective wave design as a nod to the Mercurial Vapor I boots he wore in 2003. The numbers 06, 08 and 03 (day, month, year) etched on the heel counter commemorate the date of his discovery, while a sparkling CR7 logo highlights the shining performance he delivered.
CR7 Chapter 3: Discovery Mercurial Superfly is available right now at soccer.com.