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The Full 25 Year History of the Nike Mercurial

Nike have just launched their 25th year anniversary editions of the Mercurials, and Capo Football have put together a fantastic graphic showing the boot's evolution since it's inception.

Full History of the Nike Mercurial

The special 25th anniversary Mercurial boots launched by Nike this week celebrate 25 years of one of the most popular boot silos from any brand. They've undergone many changes in that time, and the special editions are the 18th different iteration of the Mercurial since it was launched in 1998. Korean store Capo Football created the brilliant graphic shown at the top of this article, giving a great overview of the the aesthetic changes from one model to the next. Check it out in more detail in the three slides below.

Everyone will have their own opinion on which Mercurials were the best ones. From Footy Headlines' point of view, the first five editions were very solid, particularly the 2002 and 2004 models, with Ronaldo, Adriano and Thierry Henry certainly playing their part in how fondly those Vapors are remembered by football fans of that era.

The designs from 2008 to 2016 didn't have quite the same appeal as their predecessors, mainly down to the Swoosh's enlargement and relocation to the forefoot, as well as the rather bulky lace cover that was present at the beginning of that period. From 2018 onwards however, Nike hit their stride again and put out a lot of interesting colourways, designs and textures. You can see some of our picks of the best Mercurials below.

Have you ever owned a pair of Nike Mercurials? Which model of the last 25 years is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.