Nike Hypervenom Cover Athlete Neymar Debuts Nike Mercurial Boots

This was anything but a successful debut. FC Barcelona superstar Neymar laced up in the Hyper Pink Nike Mercurial Vapor X Boots in today's La Liga match against Celta Vigo after he had worn the Nike Hypervenom for more than two years.

FC Barcelona lost their first match of the 2015-16 Liga BBVA season against Galician club Celta Vigo after they had won the first four matches of the season. But it was Neymar's Boot Choice that caught our attention ahead of the match.

Neymar Debuts Nike Mercurial Vapor 10 Lightning Storm Pack Boots

Close-up picture of Neymar's Nike Mercurial Boots.

Neymar laced up in a non-modified version of the Hyper Pink Nike Mercurial Vapor 10 Boots, which were released two months. Designed to stand out on the pitch, the Nike Mercurial Vapor X Lightning Storm Pack Cleats combine the bold color pink with black details.

It was quite a surprise that Neymar didn't lace up in the new Squadron Blue Nike Mercurial Vapor Electro Flare Boots he used in yesterday's training session. However, no high-profile Nike athlete laced up in the brand-new collection until today, so it's likely that Neymar will switch to the stunning boots next weekend.

For Nike, it will be crucial that Neymar returns to the Nike Hypervenom Boots as it's extremely important that the face of the silo laces up in no other boot than the Nike Hypervenom Phantom II. Otherwise, Nike will be faced to find a new cover athlete for the agility boot, similar as it was the case with Mario Götze who replaced Iniesta as the face of the Nike Magista Obra.

Neymar completed the switch to the Nike Mercurial Boots for the moment. We'll watch out for Neymar's Cleats in Barça's next training sessions and Saturday's La Liga match against UD Las Palmas.