What separates the fastest and most dynamic soccer players in the world from the rest of the pack? Well, they share an uncommon level of dedication and drive to dominate. They out-train, out-think, and out-hustle their peers at every turn. And, for over the last two decades, many of the game’s greatest have chosen to do something else the same too; they’ve laced up in Nike Mercurial cleats.
Since the Merc’s origin in 1998, the line has pushed the envelope. Using insights from soccer’s past, present, and future stars, Nike has consistently created lightweight, explosive cleats that are built to help players torch the opposition when the pressure is at its highest.
This year marks the 20th year of speed and innovation from the Mercurial line and Nike is celebrating by releasing the next step forward for soccer cleats: the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Collection. Packed full of innovative features and built from the ground up for pure, unstoppable speed — this line takes everything that has been great about Mercurial in the past and blasts it forward into the future. But before we break down the new kid on the block, let’s take a look at some its predecessors.