Nike Destroys Adidas in 2017 Ballon d'Or Boots Battle

Update: France Football this evening announced the ranking of the 2017 Ballon d'Or. Seven of the Top 10 players are sponsored by Nike, while just two players are wearing Adidas boots. Buffon (Puma) made it on the fourth place (Manuel Neuer was not even amongst the nominees...). In total 18 of the 30 nominees are sponsored by Nike (Adidas: 9, Puma: 2)

2017 Ballon d'Or Boots Battle - Final Ranking

1st: Cristiano Ronaldo (Nike)
2nd: Lionel Messi (Adidas)
3rd: Neymar (Nike)
4th: Gianluigi Buffon (Puma)
5th: Luka Modric (Nike)
6th: Sergio Ramos (Nike)
7th: Kylian Mbappe (Nike)
8th: N'Golo Kanté (Adidas)
9th: Robert Lewandowski (Nike)
10th: Harry Kane (Nike)
11th: Edinson Cavani (Nike)
12th: Isco (Nike)
13th : Luis Suarez (Adidas)
14th: Kevin De Bruyne (Nike)
15th: Paulo Dybala (---)
16th: Marcelo (Adidas)
17th: Toni Kroos (Adidas)
18th: Antoine Griezmann (Puma)
19th: Eden Hazard (Nike)
20th: David De Gea (Adidas)
21st: Leonardo Bonucci (Nike) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Nike)
23rd: Sadio Mané (Nike)
24th: Radamel Falcao (Nike)
25th: Karim Benzema (Adidas)
26th: Jan Oblak (Nike)
27th: Mats Hummels (Adidas)
28th: Edin Dzeko (Adidas)
29th: Dries Mertens (Nike) and Philippe Coutinho (Nike).

The nominees for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award were announced yesterday by France Football. Let's find out which brand makes the most boots for the best players on the planet and which boots are the most popular ones among top players.

2017 Ballon d'Or Nominees - Football Boot Brands & Silos

Nike dominates the battle for the world's best players sponsoring 18 of the 30 footballers nominated for the award. Adidas follows second with nine players under contract, while two players are wearing Puma boots (Buffon & Griezmann).

2017 Ballon d'Or - Boot Brands

Nike: 18
Adidas: 9 (10)
Puma: 2

If we look at the boot silos, it is eye-catching that most players are wearing Adidas' and Nike's speed soccer boots (Nike Mercurial: 10 & Adidas X: 7). This is both because these are the most popular boot silos among players in Europe's Top 5 leagues and because the 2017 Ballon d'Or nominees include many strikers.

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2017 Ballon d'Or - Boot Silos

Nike Mercurial: 10
Adidas X: 7
Nike Hypervenom: 4
Nike Magista: 2
Nike Tiempo: 2
Puma ONE: 2
Adidas Nemeziz: 1
Adidas Ace: 1
Adidas 11pro: 1

Nike's low-cut Mercurial Vapor football boots are far more popular than the high-cut knitted Nike Mercurial Superfly football boots, which are just worn by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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2017 Ballon d'Or - Boots

Cristiano Ronaldo: Nike Mercurial Superfly V
Eden Hazard: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Leonardo Bonucci: Nike Magista Obra II
Isco: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Kylian Mbappe: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Neymar: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Luka Modric: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Paulo Dybala: Blackout Adidas X 17+ Purespeed
Marcelo: Adidas X 17.1
N'Golo Kante: Adidas X 17+ Purespeed
Luis Suarez: Adidas X 17.1
Sergio Ramos: Nike Tiempo Legend VII
Jan Oblak: Nike Tiempo Legend VII
Philippe Coutinho: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Dries Mertens: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Kevin De Bruyne: Nike Magista Obra II
Robert Lewandowski: Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF
David de Gea: Adidas X 17.1
Harry Kane: Nike Hypervenom Phantom III
Edin Dzeko: Adidas X 17+ Purespeed
Antoine Griezmann: Puma ONE 18.1
Gianluigi Buffon: Puma ONE 18.1
Radamel Falcao: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Sadio Mane: Nike Mercurial Vapor XI
Toni Kroos: Adidas Adipure 11pro
Lionel Messi: Adidas Nemeziz 17.1
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF
Edinson Cavani: Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF
Mats Hummels: Adidas Ace 17.1
Karim Benzema: Adidas X 17.1

What do you think of the 30 players nominated players for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award? Did you expect that so many players of them are sponsored by Nike? Let us know in the comments below.