In the latest addition to the Cristiano Ronaldo life story as told through his Mercurials, we have come to Chapter Four: Forged for Greatness. The journey so far has taken us on a journey from his humble roots in Portugal to him becoming a Diamond prospect while at Sporting Lisbon. Now, we take the giant step in his career to Manchester United, whom he joined in 2003 for a teenage record fee of 12.23 million pounds. This is by and far one of the coolest signature colorways ever to grace the field not only for Cristiano, but for all signature boots.
The colorway is paying homage to Manchester as a city since it is a very industrial city. The colorway is Iron heating up and being forged as you can see by the bright Orange (heated Iron) to the cool Silver color that represents the forged Iron. The soleplate is all Fire Orange as well. On the insole we find a Forged for Greatness logo with the Bolt and Hammer telling the story of the City with CR7, and the years 2003-2009 around the circle to tell the story of how long he spent in Manchester.
Moving to the heel, we see the Roman Numerals, XXVIII with VII highlighted. But why would this be? XXVIII represents the number 28, which is the number Ronaldo, wore at Sporting and thought he would wear at United. However, he was given the famous No. 7 shirt which is why VII is highlighted on the heel. This is one of the most detailed and cool colorways that we have seen from Nike and we are treated to the Superfly and Vapor both receiving the same colorway treatment.
If you were thinking or hoping that we would be seeing a change in any tech specs, then I am sorry but everything remains the exact same from the standard colorways of the Superfly and Vapor. If you are a boot nerd like me, then I am sure this is one of your favorite releases of the year. You feel like when you put on these boots, you are ready for battle.