On August 6th, 2003, Sporting CP played host to Manchester United in the inauguration of their massive new Estádio José Alvalade soccer grounds. But the spectacle and glamour of the new stadium took a baskseat to an awe-inspiring individual performance that would change the course of international soccer for years to come.
Sporting’s 18-year-old forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, took control from the first whistle, creating two goals and leading his squad to a 3-1 victory. His technique, speed, and potential were so impressive that Manchester’s own players urged manager Alex Ferguson to sign him after the game. Less than a week later, Ronaldo was given a record-setting contract. And the rest is history.
Chapter 3 of this year’s Nike’s CR7 collection, ‘The Discovery,’ draws inspiration from this historic performance for a world-class look, fit, and performance. Let’s check out the cleats:
Reflective wave graphics on the lateral side of the boots are reminiscent of the Mercurial Vapor I cleats Ronaldo wore during the game.
The cleat colors are a stylish take on the Sporting CP team colors.
The day, month, and year (06, 08, and 03) of the match are scrawled on the heel counter.
CR7 logo shines to signify Ronaldo’s flash of brilliance.
And those are just the cleats! Nike’s ‘The Discovery’ collection is available in a variety of products from clothing to equipment. Check out all of them here and pay homage to the day soccer changed forever.