The dream of a child is what propelled a skinny kid from the streets of Madeira to the land of Lisbon to the fields of Manchester and ultimately to the cathedral that is the Santiago Bernabéu.
“El Sueño Del Niño” was what Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo shared with the designers at Nike when it came time to plot out the next iteration of the seven-chapter series of his signature Mercurial Superfly collection.
Chapter 5 picks up where Chapter 4 left off, with Cristiano leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a then world record fee of £80 million – a paltry sum by today’s standards.
“When I arrived, there were many people around — not just inside the stadium, but outside too,” recalls Ronaldo. “It was an unbelievable day and I felt the power of Madrid.”
Upon arriving at Madrid, Cristiano promptly began cementing his legacy, destroying history and setting records at a manic pace. He scored in his first game for Real Madrid, and since then Ronaldo has become the fastest player to score league goals at every imaginable milestone: 50, 150, 200, 250 and still counting. Ronaldo is also the first player to score against every team in La Liga in one season.
These remarkable achievements set Ronaldo apart from other players, shining as brilliantly as the diamond that served as the inspiration for the Chapter 5: Cut to Brilliance Mercurial Superfly cleats.
The cleats feature a diamond-inspired graphic on a white base that sparkles under the lights. The upper includes multi-color knit details that imitate the multitude of colors that diamonds refract.
On the instep, a textured CR7 logo provides a tactile representation of the diamond graphic, while the heel counter provides a top-down view of a brilliant-cut diamond accompanied by the date of Ronaldo’s Madrid debut.
“The details of the white boots — the color, the diamonds — they are beautiful; they are cool,” says Ronaldo. “I am sure, 100 percent, people are gonna like it.”
Available now at soccerloco.com, Cristiano Ronaldo debuted the cleats in Real Madrid’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on September 26th.