Haaland Still Without Boot Sponsor - Forced to Wear Puma Boots, But Without Brandings

Nike Mercurials in matches, training in Adidas boots and posting photos in Three Stripes gear, and now wearing Puma Ultras for his unveiling at Manchester City, it appears that Erling Haaland has still not signed a boot deal.

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Haaland Still Without Boot Contract

Having worn Nike Mercurials his whole career and being a Nike-sponsored athlete, Haaland's €1 million a year contract with the American brand ran out in January. He has been spotted training in Adidas boots and has himself posted photos while wearing Adidas clothing, but continues to wear Nike Mercurials in matches. He is also regularly spotted in Nike trainers off the pitch, wearing a pair of Air Max 1s while on national team duty at the weekend and turning up at the Man City gym in Nike Dunks, visible behind him in the photo below.

Yesterday we saw a raft of photos of the Norwegian posing in his new City kit. His footwear was visible in some of these photos and seemed fairly inconspicuous, but on closer inspection we can clearly see that the boots in question are in fact Manchester City Puma Ultras. Could there be another twist to come in his boot saga? Or was he given the boots simply to be decked out head to toe in City gear for his first photoshoot?

Haaland's boots did not feature Puma branding, suggesting a deal with them is unlikely.While there was talk for a while of Puma trying to sign him for €8 million a year, the fact that the boots he wore had the Puma logos covered up would indicate that the possibility of a deal is slim. It is likely that he was given the boots to wear as they match the kit with their blue soleplates, have Man City branding and to the casual observer look like a simple pair of black boots. It does tell us, however, that he is still without a boot sponsor.

Haaland's Puma Ultras with blacked out branding.

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In contrast, he openly trained in uncamouflaged Adidas boots earlier this year and has been photographed wearing Adidas tracksuits and football jerseys. Here at FootyHeadlines we believe that Adidas are leading the race for Haaland's signature by a fair distance, and while we wouldn't rule out the possibility of Nike or Puma landing a deal, they have a much smaller chance.

Whoever he ends up signing with will certainly have to pay a lot more than €1 million a year for his services.

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