10 Most Expensive Football Boot Sponsors in the World
Soccer being one of the most popular sports in the world, people adore and celebrate the players like they are no less than the Hollywood stars. In fact, there is plenty of reason for the footballers to receive such glamour and attention. It is not that the people in front of the televisions sets, or those in the gallery wearing their fan wigs and jerseys, are the only ones who celebrate them. The major sports brands and other companies also keep an eye out for them, and bestow them with huge pay-cheques, if they can rope in the players for an a handsome endorsement deal. Some sports companies even sponsor the boots that the players wear on the ground, and this is one of the best ways to get the players to endorse their products. Let us take a look at 10 Most Expensive Football Boot Sponsors in the World.
10 Most Expensive Football Boot Sponsors in the World
10. Neymar – Nike
Brazilian youngster Neymar established himself as one of the most talented players in the soccer world. He was constantly tracked by reputed clubs all over the world when he showed his talent playing for Santos and Brazilian team. He eventually moved to Spanish club Barcelona for a record amount which is also rumored as a counter by Barcelona to the Real Madrid’s record transfer of Gareth Bale. Neymar currently has endorsements from several reputed brands such as Castrol, Red Bull, Volkswagen and Panasonic, besides his long association with Nike. His recent 11-year deal with Nike will reportedly pay him nearly $1 million per year according to the recent news by Forbes. The football world is still waiting for the exact amount of the shoe contract of Nike with Neymar. Neymar is currently wearing Hypervenom Phantom boots by Nike and occupies the tenth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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9. Wayne Rooney – Nike
Wayne Rooney established himself as one of the best prospects of England while playing for the English club Manchester United. With his recent contract with the Red Devils, he is now reportedly earning around $26 million per season. He has sponsorship contracts from Coca-Cola and EA Sports in his portfolio besides his long term association with Nike. The recent contract with American sportswear giant Nike earns him nearly $1.67 million per year. Wayne Rooney is currently wearing Hypervenom Phantom boots by Nike and occupies the ninth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors. Besides him, several superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Danny Welbeck also wear the same shoe by Nike on the field.
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8. Sergio Agüero – Puma
Sergio Agüero started to climb the staircase of success while playing for Argentine club Independiente. He later established himself as a world-class player after his transfer to Atletico Madrid in 2006 and later to the Manchester City in 2011. Agüero is known for his hardcore skills and his presence in front of the crossbar at the right time, besides being known as the former son-in-law of Diego Maradona. The boot contract with German manufacturer Puma reportedly earns him nearly $2 million per season. Sergio Agüero is currently wearing the evoSpeed 1.2 boots by Puma and occupies the eighth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors. Besides him, several amazing footballers such as Radamel Falcao and Ibrahim Afellay also wear the same shoe by Puma on the field.
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7. Lionel Messi – Adidas
Lionel Messi is widely known as the magician of football and currently plays for the Spanish club Barcelona. He is noted for being technically and skillfully gifted and also known as the worst nightmare for the defenders of the opponent team. Lionel Messi started his club career with Nike beside him, but Adidas later scooped his contract by paying nearly $3.34 million per year for wearing their boots. Adidas recently launched a F50 version of their boots called the F50 Messi SG which is the second only shoe beside Beckham’s to be named in honor of a player. Lionel Messi is currently wearing the F50 adiZerobots by Adidas and occupies the seventh spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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6. Mesut Özil – Adidas
Mesut Özil dictated his prominence in the modern football while playing for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen besides his marvelous career with the German national team. He then transferred to the Spanish club Real Madrid in 2010. He witnessed legal battles with his then boot supplier Nike during his career with Madrid. The legal issue gave him so much trouble that he wore boots both by Nike and Adidas side by side in a season. Özil eventually overcame the legal issues and moved to English side Arsenal with a record German transfer fee of £42.5 million. The recent boot contract with Adidas reportedly earns him nearly $4.9 million per season. Mesut Özil is currently wearing the Predator LZ II boots by Adidas and occupies the sixth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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5. Cesc Fabregas – Puma
Cesc Fabregas is noted as an ingenious production by the Barcelona’s “La Masia” academy, and also for his creativity and amazing assists. Fabregas first showcased his talent on the club level while playing for the English club Arsenal between 2003 and 2011. He made his comeback in his previous club Barcelona in 2011 and also became an integral part of the Spanish team that won two Euro Cups and a FIFA World Cup. The recent boot contract with Puma reportedly earns him nearly $5.34 million per season. Cesc Fabregas is currently wearing the PowerCat 1boots by Puma and occupies the fifth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors. Besides his own boot association with Puma, he also played a key role during the launch ceremonies for new evoPOWER 1 boots by Puma.
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4. Gareth Bale – Adidas
When you talk about Welsh footballers, you talk about Gareth Bale. He first showed his prominence in the football world while playing for the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur from 2007 to 2013. He started his career as a defender but later used as an offensive winger due to his skills, field presence and powerful shot near the crossbar. Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid in a record transfer fee of $142.8 million in 2013. Adidas recently signed a six-year contract extension with the Welsh genius which will reportedly pay him nearly $5.5 million per season. Gareth Bale is currently wearing the F50 adiZero boots by Adidas and occupies the fourth spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors. Besides him, Karim Benzema also wears the same line of boots on the ground.
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3. Mario Balotelli – Puma
Mario Balotelli showed his own prominence in the international club football while moving from Inter Milan to Manchester City to AC Milan. He is noted as the most notorious footballer of recent times with his unexplained movements off the ground. He is famous for almost everything, starting from his presence on the ground till the moment he appeared on television in an AC Milan jersey while playing for Inter Milan, even for lighting his house on fire. Puma recently signed a contract with the Italian genius which will reportedly pay him nearly $6.9 million per season. Mario Balotelli is currently wearing the evoPOWER 1boots by Puma and occupies the third spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Nike
When any reader starts to read our articles regarding any “most-expensive” he knows he’ll find Cristiano Ronaldo somewhere in the list. Cristiano Ronaldo started developing his talent since a very early age under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson. He finally ended his association with Manchester in 2009 and moved to Spanish side Real Madrid for a record transfer fee. Ronaldo is currently sponsored by several market-giants such as Castrol, Fly Emirates, Coca-Cola and KFC. The old contract of Ronaldo with Nike reportedly earns him nearly $8.35 million per season and it is also rumored that Nike will offer nearly $13.4 million to CR7 during the extension of their sponsorship contract. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently wearing the Mercurial Vapor IX boots by Nike besides having his own custom line of CR7 Superfly series and occupies the second best spot in our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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1. David Beckham – Adidas
When anyone thinks about fashion with football ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, there is just one man ahead of him still now, and it’s the David Beckham. The ingenious creation of English team, Beckham, witnessed stardom in almost everything he ever tried, starting from his marvelous presence on the ground till he started modeling and his Spice Girl wife Victoria. Even after his retirement from the professional sports he still remains a major attraction for reputed brand for a single reason: the world knows who David Beckham is. Even after the massive stardom and recent contract of Ronaldo, Beckham still earns nearly $11.7 million per year from Adidas. David Beckham is wore the Predator LZ boots by Adidas till his career with Paris St. Germain and occupies the top spot on our list of 10 most expensive football boot sponsors.
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As the very name suggests, the feet of the footballers are what create all the magic, the biggest moments for the fans and the sport itself. It is necessary for the players to have something great on their feet when they create such historic moments. Sportswear companies are happy to enjoy their share in the history by sponsoring such boots.