Before Ronaldo referred to Cristiano, a player who didn’t need more than a single word for the world to know who he was held the mantle. Younger fans who may have only caught the tail end of his career might be unfamiliar with just how dominant the original Ronaldo was at his peak.
Before being ravaged by a devastating pair of knee injuries Ronaldo was the world’s most feared striker. The 1998 UEFA Cup final, where Ronaldo tormented fellow Serie A club Lazio, and an all time great defender in Alessandro Nesta in particular, stands as Il Fenomeno’s signature performance.
The Air Max Mercurial R9 is Nike’s tribute to the cleat that the lethal Brazilian wore while tallying up the majority of his 352 total career goals. The Mercurial’s transfer from grass to asphalt sees the cleats replaced by an Air Max sole unit, and a modernized, Hyperfuse upper.