Nike Superstars Face Problems With All-New Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 2018 Boots

Around one month ago, Nike launched the all-new 2018 Mercurial Superfly and Vapor 360 football boots. And while you usually would suggest that all well-known Mercurial players would have switched to the next-gen cleats, various Nike Mercurial superstars are still lacing up in the old generation of the Mercurial. Thanks to allthatboots for the hint.

Nike Mercurial Superstars 'Ignore' Only Next-Gen Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Boots

The Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 soccer shoes are quite similar to the previous generation, while the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 boots (first-ever Flyknit low-cut Mercurial) have actually nothing in common with the Nike Mercurial Vapor XI boots. And so it is no surprise that almost all players who seem to have problems with the next-gen Mercurial were used to wear the low-cut synthetic Nike Mercurial Vapor 11.


Likely the best-known player who has faced problems with the all-new Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 boots is Neymar. The Brazilian superstar ditched the next-gen Vapor 360 during the first half of the Champions League clash against Real Madrid and had some problems with the sole plate before he got injured.

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Real Madrid superstar Isco, who tried out blackout Mercurial Vapor 360 cleats for the first in December, has used both the new and old gen of the Mercurial recently. It looks like the Spaniard will not be with the Mercurial line for much longer though as Isco will switch to the upcoming Nike FTR10, which he used the in training recently, next season.

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Franck Ribéry

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FC Bayern München winger Franck Ribéry, Nike's main face of the Nike Mercurial for the German market, seems to have to get used to the all-new Flyknit Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 cleats as he wore them only in training so far.

Dani Alves

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Paris Saint-Germain right back and Brazil international wore the new generation of the Mercurial but then switched back to the Vapor 11 against Real Madrid.

Eden Hazard

Another player who seems to be not completely happy with the next-generation Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 football boots is Eden Hazard, who was spotted with the old-gen Nike Mercurial Vapor XI in training recently. However, the Belgian striker used the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 2018 boots in every match so far, so one can only guess why he is not using the new cleats in training.

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While many players seem to have problems with the next-gen Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 boots and its all-new design, the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 that is much more similar to the previous generation seems to be fitting perfectly for most players (e.g. Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Asensio, Alexis Sánchez).

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Have you spotted more players who are still wearing the old-gen Nike Mercurial football boot? Let us know in the comments below.