Time line of all the football boots worn by Cristiano Ronaldo

Since Nike entered the football stud market, many talented players have embodied the different models. How can you not immediately think of Brazilian Ronaldo who was the player behind the Mercurial range? While the list of Nike players would be almost impossible to compile as there are so many names, there is one man who has become the face of Nike since the late 2000s.
A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the history of football and has truly shaped a generation with his incredible footballing level and aura. If Lionel Messi is the muse of Adidas, CR7 is the number one player of the Nike Football strategy, just like Michael Jordan was for basketball. In addition to the normal studs that the Portuguese have worn, CR7’s stud career is marked by a large number of unique models.
Which studs does Cristiano Ronaldo wear? What boots has he worn during his career?

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All the football boots of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career
While the brand with the three stripes has been customizing the Adidas f50s worn by Messi since 2008, Nike has been experimenting with CR7 since 2010. Although the player has always been used to wearing the Mercurial range, it is since this date that we can count the first customizations of the boots of the Madrid native. In this article, we trace Cristiano Ronaldo’s career in studs. From the Mercurial Vapor in 2003 to the latest Mercurial Superfly 7 in 2020, the Portuguese have been through more than 17 years of history and evolution of studs.

2003
Nike Mercurial Vapor
Two years after the Match Mercurial, the Mercurial Vapor arrived in 2002 and was probably the starting point of the great history of the pair we know today. With its orange color, it became the work tool of the young Cristiano Ronaldo.
2003
Nike Mercurial Vapor R9
Sometime later, the Portuguese switched to the Mercurial Vapor R9, which is also part of Nike’s Alpha project.

2004
Nike Mercurial Vapor 2 R9

2007
Nike Mercurial Vapor 3
In 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo was already making waves with Manchester United and was already on his way to winning the first Ballon d’Or of his career. On his feet, the Mercurial Vapor 3 is present.

2008
Nike Mercurial Vapor 4 SLb
2008 is the year of the release of the Mercurial Vapor IV SL. With an inner frame constructed from fiberglass and a lace cover, the pair offers a different aesthetic.

2008
Nike Mercurial Vapor SL
Weighing in at 185 grams and featuring a carbon fiber design, the 2008 Mercurial Vapor SL is the boot of the future. Already a huge player, Cristiano Ronaldo embodies this pair and positions himself as Nike’s number one football athlete.

2009
Nike Mercurial Superfly
In 2009 Nike launches the Mercurial Superfly. Different from the one we know today and despite a common name, the Mercurial Superfly of 2009 wanted to have the latest innovations of Nike.

2010
Nike Mercurial Superfly 2
One year later, Nike releases the evolution of the Mercurial Superfly and integrates the SENSE technology. This new version will also be lighter thanks to the addition of a carbon fiber plate.

2010
Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly 2 Safari CR7
It was after a record transfer to Real Madrid that Nike wanted to reward the Portuguese. The boot is dotted with black spots on a white background and features a large orange swoosh.

2011
Nike CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly 3
Six months later, Nike decided to customize the 3rd generation of the Mercurial Vapor Superfly, the CR7 line comes back with a more sober colorway than the previous one. The boot is black and features the reflections of the “safari” spots from the previous version. In addition to the usual swoosh of the range, yellow details are found inside the shoe. This is a relatively successful model.
2011
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 3
Also in 2011, the brand with the comma came up with a very unique model for CR7. The model is cut in two along length with a left side composed of black stripes and a right side gathering very fine dark grey stripes. The swoosh is red. This model may not be to everyone’s liking but it is the most original of the CR7 series.

2012
Nike Mercurial Vapor 800 ACC CR7
2012 marks a technological revival for the Mercurial and the CR7 range is no exception. The Madrid native’s pair of studs sports a predominantly black dress. The stylish detail of this model is that the base of the foot is encircled by the colors blue and pink. In terms of technology, the range has received a real redesign in terms of its morphology.

2013
Nike Mercurial Vapor 109 CR7 SE
This limited edition of the Vapor IX CR7 SE was produced in only 100 units. It is a very stylish model that has been created for the Real striker as a tribute to the outstanding 2011/2012 season he has achieved. Covered in white, the shoes feature the famous swoosh colored in red as well as the inscription “CR7” in black surrounded by a red border at the heel on the inside of the boots. Also visible on the outside of the heel is a series of numbers. This series represents the different goals that the Madeira native had set for himself during the season.
2013
Nike Mercurial Vapor 109 CR7
A few weeks after the limited edition Vapor IX CR7 SE, the brand with the comma is launching a new special CR7 colorway. The boots are composed of several colors arranged as “layers”: we find red in the upper part, then black, yellow, and finally white. A small detail that changes, the large swoosh changes place and is found on the inside and outside of the pair of studs. Finally, to complete the personalization, the American brand has not forgotten to include the Portuguese international’s favorite number on the back of the boot, at the heel.
2013
Nike Mercurial Vapor 109 Galaxy CR7
These Mercurials were revealed back in October 2013. Nike has once again shown originality by exploiting a colorway with unique patterns representing the universe dotted with stars. What the American brand wanted to convey with this model is that its ambassador is a footballer from elsewhere, an extraterrestrial…

2014
Nike Mercurial Vapor 109 CR7 Special Edition
Launched in April 2014, this limited edition was designed to celebrate the Ballon d’Or award received a few months earlier. These shoes look like the last limited edition: White, with the large black swoosh and CR7 lettering on the inside of the boots. The flashy detail on this edition is of course the golden stud plate that wants to make the player wearing it, a golden player…
2014
Nike Mercurial Superfly 4 CR7
For the first Classico of the season, Nike offered its ambassador the first signature on the Superfly IV model. This model is not too flashy, but rather a sober black color, with glitter that makes the model stand out in the spotlight. As usual, this Mercurial sports its mythical white swoosh as well as the inscription “CR7” on the inside.

2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Gold Special Edition
This Mercurial was designed especially for the merengue. It was delivered to him as a tribute to his Ballon d’Or 2014. The color Gold was chosen as the main color because it is the color of the famous ball. Nike has added a special touch to this Mercurial Superfly CR7 Gold: micro-diamonds have been hand laid on the CR7 logo.
2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Silverware”
Finally, here’s the latest “signature” boot from the comma-topped brand in partnership with the Portuguese striker. Inspired by the black version unveiled in October 2014, it sports a shiny silver finish. The touch of originality comes from the touch of acidic orange on the swoosh and the inscription “CR7”.
2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly ” Lightning Storm “
If CR7 has his model, he also wears Mercurials from packs like the Lightning Storm Pack. These boots will go down in CR7’s history as he scored his 500th career goal (clubs + national team) with this boot during the 2nd day of the Champions League. An impressive figure for a 30-year-old player with some great years still to come.
2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “324K Gold
The Mercurial CR7 324K Gold celebrates his 324 goals with Real Madrid since joining. He now surpasses legend Raul as the club’s top scorer. This model is based on the Nike Mercurial Vapor 3 White/Gold unveiled in 2006 by the American brand.
2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Quinhentos
A mind-boggling number for a 30-year-old player who started his career in 2002. It will still be difficult for CR7 to pass the 1000 goals mark like Pelé. Also inspired by a mythical color of the Nike Mercurial Vapor III, the Mercurial Superfly CR7 Quinthentos has the same design as the CR7 324K Gold with the Grey/Black/Red colors.
2015
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Savage Beauty
A record goalscorer for Real Madrid and scorer of over 500 goals since the beginning of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo is writing his legend game after game. To reward him for his achievements, Nike has decided to trace his career in seven chapters with seven special colorways of the Mercurial Superfly. The first in this collection is the “Savage Beauty” colorway.

2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly 4 customised
After playing with a model 100% dedicated to CR7, Cristiano Ronaldo switches to a “classic” colorway from the Nike range. In Malaga (February 2016), he wore a Mercurial Superfly Mango/ Silver with the CR7 logo on the heel.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Natural Diamond
Nike is not forgetting Cristiano Ronaldo. The player continues to break the statistics and the American equipment manufacturer has concocted a brand new model for him. Nike is now making him wear the Chapter II of the Mercurial Superfly collection specially dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo: the “Natural Diamond”.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5
It’s finally here, CR7 has won the title he was waiting for with his selection. Unfortunately for us French, it came at the expense of Les Bleus, who conceded on an Eder goal. Throughout the tournament, Ronaldo played with the new Mercurial Superfly V in its launch color. A pair that had helped him win the Champions League a few days earlier thanks to his decisive penalty kick.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly V “Elite Pack”
Cristiano Ronaldo quietly returned to training in August 2016 with a new pair on his feet. For the start of the new 2016/2017 season, Nike has indeed concocted a special pack for 11 of its ambassadors: the Elite Pack. Ronaldo is part of this squad and for this reason, he will wear the Mercurial Superfly V of this pack for the resumption of La Liga.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 “Floodlights Pack”
CR7 is back with the Portugal national team! Like the former Elite Pack players, he switches to the new Nike Floodlights pack in Mercurial Superfly. A special feature is that for the first time he is wearing a low version of the Dynamic Fit.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 ‘Discovery’
Launched at the end of 2015, Mercurial’s collection dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo continues with a third chapter. This third colorway titled “Discovery” looks back at CR7’s early days at Sporting Clube Portugal, the club that revealed him.
2016
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 CR7 “Vitorias”
Just crowned with his fourth Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo is honored with a special boot from his equipment manufacturer. Like the Mercurial Vapor IX “Special Edition” launched for Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Ballon d’Or in 2014, this “Vitorias” is adorned with a white upper with a golden sole. Limited to 777 pieces this Mercurial Superfly CR7 “Vitorias” is a collector’s item.

2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 “Radiation Flare”
After wearing his unique and very successful “CR7 Vitorias” pair for a few matches, the Portuguese switched to the Radiation Flare Pack in February 2017. He wears a neon green Mercurial pair on the upper as well as the sole while the swoosh remains black.
2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 CR7 “Forged for Greatness”
As the name suggests, the colors of this “chapter” refer to the burning steel forged into shape. This is reflected in the molten orange color on the lower part of the boot, while the upper is given a metallic hue. On the inner side of the boot, the CR7 logo number is in the same tone and emphasizes the number of special colorways for this collection of the Portuguese Mercurial Superfly. Finally, the number 28 in Roman numerals (XXVIII) on the heel shows CR7’s rise to the number 7 (VII).
2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly V “Portugal”
CR7 is having one success after another. While he has just become a Dad of twins, he has gleaned numerous trophies since winning Euro 2016 with France. His season isn’t over yet & Nike is offering him a special pair for the Confederations Cup.
2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly V “Lock In Let Loose”
For the start of the new 2017/2018 season, Nike unveils this boot with “Laser Orange” and Black colorways.
2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 CR7 “Cut To Brilliance”
The CR7 saga continues and gets more beautiful with each chapter. After chapter 4 “Forged For Greatness” was unveiled in April 2017, Nike launches chapter 5 “Cut To Brilliance”. Behind this term is a phrase that highlights Cristiano Ronaldo’s exceptional goal-scoring skills.
2017
Nike Mercurial Superfly 5 “Ice”
A red version for Team Fire and a blue version for Team Ice. Fire and ice, an image to represent the temperament of the players on the field with on one side the exuberant players, who need this inner fire to shine and on the other, the calm or placid players whose coolness allows the full exploitation of their talent. Ronaldo plays with the Ice version of the Superfly!

2018
Nike Mercurial Superfly 6 360
For its 20th anniversary, the Mercurial got on its… 360. 360 as the new name for the Mercurial Superfly 360 and Vapor 360 which take a leap into the future with their cutting edge design and technology. Who better to be the ambassador of this new pair than CR7? A flashy orange color that makes a splash in La Liga and the Champions League.
2018
Same boot with a title “Kim Jones”
The famous British designer Kim Jones and Nike have come up with a special edition of the new Mercurial Superfly VI 360 dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo. Besides his incredible talent, he is a player who takes special care of his appearance and likes to stand out from the crowd. That’s probably why Nike decided to reserve a unique colorway of the latest Mercurial Superfly VI 360 for him. And for this color, the manufacturer has collaborated with one of the greatest designers in the person of Kim Jones, former artistic director of the Louis Vuitton men’s line. And that’s just the beginning!
2018
Same boot with a title “Born Leader”
For the international break in March, Nike has unveiled the sixth and penultimate chapter of special boots dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo’s career. This sixth chapter pays tribute to the Portuguese national team, of which Ronaldo has become the leader over the years. With the “Born Leader” colorway, Nike wanted to symbolize and pay homage to this entire epic, punctuated by highs and lows. Contrary to what one might have thought, the main color of this special colorway of the recent Mercurial Superfly VI 360 Elite is green and not red. The “CR7” logo on the tongue of the Dynamic Fit is red.
2018
Same boot with a title ‘Just Do It’
With the World Cup fast approaching, Ronaldo is now sporting Nike’s ”Just Do It” pack. Featuring an all-white upper, CR7’s Mercurial Superfly will be distinguished from other silos in Nike’s range by an orange sole.
2018
Same boot with a title “Born Leader” 2
With Portugal’s World Cup squad, Cristiano Ronaldo shines and carries his team straight to the Round of 16. Three games, four goals, one with his head, one with his left foot, and two with his right foot. Once again Ronaldo has shown that he is one of the most complete players in history.
2018
Same boot with the title “China Exclusive”
Cristiano Ronaldo, besides being an amazing player, is also a huge marketing product for Nike. After a China tour in 2017, Nike and CR7 are doing it again in 2018 with a tour and a limited edition pair sold only in China. And in Chinese colors, please!
2018
Same boot with a title “Final Chapter”
7th chapter of the CR7 saga, the boot unveiled by Nike in mid-September is meant to be the culmination of the narrative around Cristiano Ronaldo’s special shoes. It is not surprising to find a global tribute to the career of the Portuguese with a color that recalls the model he wore in the final of the Champions League 2008 but also the appearance of the number 7 on the entire boot, the global symbol of the player.

2019
The last part of this boot with the title “Always Forward”
At the beginning of January, the Juventus Turin star took to the field in the neon yellow color of the Always Forward pack. Away from his special model, CR7 swapped his Chapter 7 for a colorway from a normal pack.
2019
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “LVL Up”
Along with Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo has the honor of wearing the Mercurial Superfly 6 LVL Up at the end of the season. A unique Mercurial worn by 3 players in the World.
2019
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “CR7STIANO”
A few weeks later, CR7 appeared with a unique pair on which we discover his name written in large letters and on which also appears the number 7. A pair that he will wear until the end of the season.
2019
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Shuai”
During the summer preparation of Juventus Turin and a few hours after the release of the Mercurial Superfly 7, Nike publishes a unique version for CR7 in tribute to Asia. A limited-edition pair that he will wear for a few days only.
2019
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “New Lights”
A few days later, it is with the version of the New Lights pack, that CR7 starts the season.
2019
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Dream Speed 003”
After enjoying the Mercurial “LVL Up”, Cristiano Ronaldo inherits a new special pair that he wears jointly with Kylian Mbappé and Samantha Kerr. Called “Dream Speed”, the pair is a reference to Usain Bolt’s dream speed of 44.7 km/h in the 100m world record.

2020
JANUARY 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Future Lab”
In a year that will be marked by Euro 2020, Cristiano Ronaldo is bound to be used by Nike to highlight the Mercurial range. With this in mind, the Juventus player has opted for the Mercurial Superfly 7 from the Future Lab pack and its red/pink color scheme.
FEBRUARY 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Dream Speed 2”
A few weeks after the “commercial” colorway of the Mercurial range, a new colorway of the Dream Speed series is unveiled. Once again embodied by CR7 and Kylian Mbappé, this model stands out with a mix of different shades of yellow and orange.
MAY 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Safari”
10 years after Nike’s first signature pair for Cristiano Ronaldo, the American brand reintroduces the Mercurial Safari. Now introduced on the Mercurial Superfly 7, this iconic CR7 colorway will be unveiled in full COVID-19 containment and we’ll never enjoy this colorway as much as we should have with the “normal” schedule. Too bad…
AUGUST 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Daybreak”
With the start of the new school year just around the corner, Nike has launched a new pack called Daybreak. The pair will dress up CR7 for a few weeks with a mix of yellow and white.
OCTOBER 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “100th international goal”
During the October 2020 international break, Nike is unveiling a unique pair of studs for CR7, a Mercurial Superfly 7 in the colors of Portugal, and to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo on surpassing the 100th international goal mark. CR7 becomes CR100 for the occasion.
OCTOBER 2020
Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 “Dream Speed 3
Soon after, a third colorway in the Dream Speed range was unveiled. Taking inspiration from older models such as the Safari, for example, this pair is also meant to be a kind of handover between CR7 and the younger generation since the Dream Speed range is now embodied by many young players.

2021
JANUARY 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Dragonfly”
With his status as an ambassador for Nike and the Mercurial range, Cristiano Ronaldo was obviously at the center of the communication of the brand with the comma when the new Superfly 8 was unveiled.
FEBRUARY 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Spectrum”
Following the presentation of the pair and its Dragonfly color, it is a “Spectrum” color that was presented by Nike and which was of course worn by CR7 but also by all the brand’s ambassadors.
MARCH 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Dream Speed 4”
Since 2019 and the first colorway of the Dream Speed range, Cristiano Ronaldo has been featured in the fourth generation of the pair. Like the other assets of the brand, the Dream Speed will have been worn until Euro 2020.
JUNE 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Spark Positivity”
With his status as Nike’s muse, CR7 has been put in the spotlight during Euro 2020. While all of the brand’s players were wearing the Impulse pack for the competition, Cristiano Ronaldo received a new colorway called Spark Positivity.
JULY 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Motivation”
For his return to training, it was the neon yellow color of the Motivation pack that appeared on CR7’s feet.
SEPTEMBER 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “CR110”
In the September 2021 international break, Cristiano Ronaldo breaks the record for most goals scored by a player for a national team. A record that Nike is of course celebrating with a special pair of studs in gold and burgundy. A pair that will also be distributed to young talents who play in the leagues where CR7 has played.
OCTOBER 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Motivation”
After the break celebrating his record-breaking goal, CR7 makes his return to Manchester United in the neon yellow colorway of the Motivation pack.
NOVEMBER 2021
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Reload”
A few weeks later, Cristiano Ronaldo takes to the field in the blue and yellow colorway of the Recharge Pack. As is often the case, it is used by Nike to highlight the commercial colors and thus give visibility to the four corners of the world.

2022
JANUARY 2022
Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 “Blueprint”
In January 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the first to appear in the new Mercurial Superfly colorway. But more than just a color change, Nike has also changed the aesthetics of the pair with inspiration from the design plans of planes and cars.

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