Rafael Leão to Leave Adidas and Join Nike? Milan Youngster Debuts 11-Year Old Nike Mercurial Euro 2012 Boots

Update: Out of total surprise, AC Milan striker Rafael Leão debuted the almost 11-year-old Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII 'Clash' Euro 2012 football boots during the team's match against Lazio on Sunday. They are the same boots worn by Cristiano Ronaldo and many other famous Mercurial players like Ibrahimovic and Ribery.

Rafael Leão met Nike superstar Cristiano on 15 January 2023

Rafael Leão Debuts Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 Clash Euro 2012 Boots

Picture via PHÂN TÍCH GIÀY.

Interestingly, Rafael Leão and Cristiano Ronaldo just met in Saudi Arabia on 15 January 2023.

Goodbye Adidas? Rafael Leão Wore Adidas X Speedportal Soccer Cleats On January 18 For The Last Time

The 21-year-old forward has been wearing Adidas boots for his entire senior career, but this recent move suggests that his partnership with the German sportswear giant has come to an end.

Adidas sponsored Rafael Leão for his entire career

Rafael Leão Trains in Blackout Nike Phantom GT & Nike Mercurial Future DNA Football Boots

Usually with Adidas, Rafael Leão could soon leave the brand after he was spotted wearing blackout and Nike boots in training recently. Thanks to @footballicons_360 for the heads-up.

First, Leão was pictured wearing what appears to be blacked-out Nike Phantom GT cleats.

The next day, he was less opaque about what his potential next brand could be, lacing up in the Nike Mercurial Vapor 'Future DNA', inspired by the iconic Nike Mercurial Superfly I. He even shared this specific picture on Instagram.

Amazing Nike Mercurial Vapor 'Future DNA' Boots Released - Worn By Leroy Sane

It will be interesting to see whether Rafael Leão will end up leaving Adidas in the end, and also which brand he will join next. Stay tuned for updates to this story as more details emerge.

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