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adidas Messi F50 adizero TRX FG Soccer Cleats - Red with White - SoccerPro.com

Adidas Launch Limited Edition Messi F50 adizero Soccer Cleats

adidas Messi F50 adizero TRX FG Soccer Cleats - Red with White - SoccerPro.com

Adidas have just launched a new, two-toned, limited edition colorway of their popular F50 adizero designed specifically for Lionel Messi. Messi has been the lead player for the F50 line for several seasons and it look like Adidas are finally ready to follow in the footsteps of Nike’s CR7 line and bring a pair of boots just for him. Just like with the Nike CR7 line, its the color scheme on these shoes that sets them apart from the regular F50 Adizero.

The ultrabright red and white colors on the instep and outstep of these boots are stunning. Adidas haven’t done a bright red and white F50 in years, and the three stripes design looks aggressive and interesting in white and red when set against the opposite color on the upper. They also feature Messi’s new log on the top of the tongue, also in red against a white tongue.

adidas Messi F50 adizero TRX FG Soccer Cleats - Red with White - SoccerPro.com

The soccer shoes feature the same material on the upper, a Sprint Web, that allows for quicker cuts and better stability. Keep in mind, these shoes are built for a speedy striker, and have a foot area built for high-speed dribbling. An internal SprintWeb also gives increased support to the upper, meaning it won’t flex or stretch too far despite being ultrathin when you make a quick turn off the ball. The upper also offers decent ball feel, and while it may not the best after a season, its far more durable than any other speed boots on the market.

The outsole of these Messi F50 adizeros is the same TRAXION™ 2.0 stud configuration you’ll see on the other Adizeros. Its designed for maximum energy return and easy release through the flexibility of the sprint frame construction, and the triangular stud offers decent traction in the wet and the dry. These boots are adidas miCoach compatible, which means you can stick this little device goes into the sole of your left cleat and look at acceleration, top speed, and distance traveled by you post-match.

Overall, they’re a stunning pair of soccer shoes and well worth a look at our favorite partner site, SoccerPro.com.

Why Messi is Better than Ronaldo

Messi is better than the CR7. He has won more head to head battles. He has more trophies in the closet. He has more winners medals in his trophy room. His national team looks more poised for international glory in the near future than Ronaldo’s. Messi is better- end of story.

Messi has something that Ronaldo will never have, and something that Ronaldo’s personality will never lend to him. Something that only training at Barcelona from a young age can give. Messi has a propensity to pass. His assist totals are consistently near the top of the charts in the Champions League and in La Liga, almost having the most assists last season (narrowly losing to Real Madrid’s Ozil) in La Liga. Who cares if that is what Barcelona has drummed into his brain, especially since it has carried over into national team appearances and if it creates more goal scoring (and winning) chances for his team.

Messi acts a way that Ronaldo will never act. Despite talent that seems much larger than his 5 ft. 7 frame and much greater than any adjective can describe, Messi is the absolute picture of professionalism. While Ronaldo basks on the beach in a speedo, Messi smiles and works hard to connect with his fans and teammates in a quiet manner. Mannerisms that endear him to millions, and a humble nature that makes it practically impossible to root against the diminutive Argentine. Sure, you will not see these aspects measured on the field, but as past greats like Pele and Maradona continue to add dark marks onto their resume by making stupid decisions or saying stupid things in the press, you really would think that if Messi stays consistent in his personality, he may only add to his legend after retirement.

Sure, you could hee-haw back and forth and say stuff that gets you out of making a definitive decision. You could say that Ronaldo and Messi have their redeeming qualities and that only history will tell which player is the greatest, but that is the coward’s way out. Messi is the best- Ronaldo needs to sit down (and put a shirt on).

Written by: Andrew McCole, writer, soccerprose.com

Boy Makes Fun of Girl…Girl Applies Football to His Face…(Video)

We all remember that kid in gym class who was always poking fun at everyone, especially the girls, as he was clearly God’s gift to football. You can see one such example of a cheeky little prat in the video below, who stands, head turned to face the girl who is about to shoot the ball toward the waiting victims against the wall. Now we have no idea what prompted this football firing squad, perhaps someone was impersonating John Terry during class. But at any rate this girl didn’t need a pair of soccer boots to show the cocky little fellah what for as she drills a shot at him and applies the ball firmly to his face. The poor little one walks off in tears, but apparently was able to see the funny side of things later.

Girl Power…

Adidas Predator LZ Cleats

Adidas Predator LZ TRX FG Soccer Cleats Review – Bright Blue with Running White and Infrared

Xabi Alonso, David Beckham, and Nani all have been wearing the new Adidas Predator LZ cleats and they look great. Adidas has completely redesigned the Predator line and the new style not only looks great but also has lethal zones to help give you the best touch on the ball. The new Predator LZ’s come in many colors but today we are going to focus on the blue, white, and infrared color scheme.

Style

As I mentioned above, these cleats are predominantly blue with infrared to highlight the five lethal zones on the cleat. These lethal zones give great control for dribbling and your first touch, better accuracy for driving and passing and a sweet spot. These Predator’s feature a very soft synthetic upper that gives you the best of both leather and synthetic materials. As with most Adidas cleats that have been coming out, these Predator’s feature a sprintframe that helps give great traction while maintaining their lightweight of 7.9 ounces. These cleats are also miCoach compatible to help you keep stats on the field and compare with others.

Feel

These cleats are extremely comfortable in addition to looking great. They feature a pre-molded EVA sockliner to help provide great comfort. They also have anti-slip EVA inserts on the back of the cleat. The lining of these cleats is nubuck-touch heel lining to give even more comfort. As you can sense by now, these cleats are extremely comfortable so all you have to focus on during practice and games is what you are doing on the field instead of worrying about pain and blisters. These cleats run true to size but, if you are still unsure, SoccerPro.com offers a feature on their website called shoefitr. Shoefitr compares the cleats you currently have with the cleats you are planning to buy to give you a better sense of how the cleats run.

Overall

The Adidas Predator LZ is one of the best cleats on the market right now. There is a reason so many famous players are switching over to the LZ’s. They are comfortable, look great, and the five lethal zones help give you great touch and accuracy. These are currently available on SoccerPro.com, so check them out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Nike5 Elastico Finale

Nike5 Elastico Finale Review – Volt with Electric Green and Black

Even though outdoor season is around the corner, there are still plenty of reasons to get a quality indoor cleat. One of the great indoor cleats that has been released recently is the Nike5 Elastico Finale. This shoe gives great control and is sure to help you stand out on the field.

Style

Nike have gone with a bold color design for the latest installment of the Elastico Finale. The top part of the upper features volt, which is almost neon while the bottom half of the upper features light green. The light green switches from solid to dots to transition from one color to the other. It helps tie in the colors together and makes the cleat look very good. Most indoor shoes feature synthetic materials and tough leathers. The wonderful thing about the Elastico Finale is the fact that the upper is made of Kanga-Lite material to give you the touch and comfort of kangaroo leather, but makes the shoe more durable. The dots I mentioned above are sticky in order to give you great ball control. The heel and forefoot of this shoe feature court traction, while the middle is textured to give you great control while the ball is under your foot.

Feel

Not only are these cleats made with quality materials to give you great control, they are also very comfortable. The kanga-lite material breaks in nicely to give you a comfortable feel. These also have a molded ortholite sockliner that gives full-length cushioning. One problem with these shoes is the fact that they run a little narrower than other shoes. If you are concerned with the sizing, SoccerPro.com offers a feature called shoefitr that compares the cleats you currently wear with the ones you are planning to purchase online.

Overall

If you are looking for a quality cleat that offers great comfort and top quality materials, look no farther than the Nike5 Elastico Finale. It will provide all of these things and more. These are currently available on SoccerPro.com, so head there today and pick a pair up.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Adidas adiPure 11pro

Adidas adiPure 11Pro TRX FG Review – Running White with Bright Blue and Black

The new soccer season is just around the corner and what better time to get a new pair of cleats than right now. If you are looking for an extremely comfortable cleat that gives great ball control, look no farther than the Adidas adiPure 11pro cleats.

Style

The Adidas adiPure comes in several color schemes, however, we are going to take a look at the white with blue and black. These cleats are primarily white with three blue stripes and a black accent throughout. The three colors go very nicely together to provide a calm looking cleat, as opposed to all the bright colors that cleats feature now, but still look great. The upper is made of calf leather, which is abrasion resistant. It also does not take up as much water as other cleats and has a duracoating to increase the durability of the cleat. Not only is it durable, it also helps give you a great touch on the ball. One last great feature that these adiPure’s offer is that they are compatible with miCoach to help you track your stats and compare with players around the world.

Feel

As I said above, the calf leather is extremely comfortable and provides a great touch on the ball. These also have soft suede synthetic lining that adds even more comfort for your feet. Adidas has put in a molded EVA insole and flex zones in the forefoot of the cleat. This allows your foot to move naturally while wearing these cleats. These do run true to size, but if you have doubts, SoccerPro.com has a feature called Shoeftr that helps you compare what cleats you currently have with what cleats you are planning to buy in order to give an accurate prediction of the size you will need.

Overall

These cleats are comfortable, provide a great touch on the ball and look great. What else could you want? Compared with other cleats on the market today, the price of these cleats is not too bad either. These are currently priced at $134.99 at SoccerPro.com, which is a great price for a cleat of this quality.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Puma Powercat 1.12 - White with Ribbon Red and Limoges

Puma PowerCat 1.12 FG Review – White with Ribbon Red and Limoges

Puma are trying to revamp their cleat lines with their release of the new evoSPEED and now the new Puma Powercat 1.12 has been released and it looks great. The style, feel, and technology go great together to give an awesome overall cleat. If you have been watching Euro 2012, you have noticed that Cesc Fabregas has been wearing these cleats and they have definitely been helping him to get some goals. He already has two goals in two games at Euro 2012, which isn’t a bad strike rate.

Style

These cleats are a mix of white, red, and blue. The colors go very nicely with one another and provide a very visually appealing end product. The upper is made of soft K-leather, which provides a great fit and awesome comfort. A nice feature on these cleats is the Puma 3D PST on the front on the cleat. This area on the cleat features two unique textures that help with power and grip. The Puma 3D PST does not absorb energy when you kick the ball, which helps increase your kicking power. Another feature that helps with striking accuracy is the off-center lacing. This helps increase the striking area and allows for the Puma 3D PST to dominate your striking area. This cleat also gives you great traction with the bladed stud configuration on the bottom.

Feel

These cleats feel as good as they look. The K-leather molds to your foot as you break them in, which provides an extremely comfortable cleat. This cleat has a TPU-injected heel counter that helps provide great stability and support. The sockliner is soft, so it helps prevent uncomfortable rubbing on your ankles and the raised heel helps prevent your heel from slipping. These Puma cleats are much more comfortable than previous models as Puma is trying to become relevant again with their new designs.

Overall

These cleats are very comfortable. Before the evoSPEED and the new Powercat 1.12, I was not a huge Puma cleat fan. Their shoes have always been comfortable, but their cleats were always a little uncomfortable in my opinion. With the new designs being released, Puma have helped change this and these cleats in particular are very comfortable and durable. The technology offers great features that can help you improve your game. They are on sale now at SoccerPro.com, so check them out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Adidas Euro 2012 Finals Match Ball - White with Black and Metallic Silver

Adidas Euro 2012 Finals Match Ball Review – White with Black and Metallic Silver

As most of you are well aware of by now, Euro 2012 has kicked off and it has been an exciting tournament so far and is sure to be even more entertaining as the rounds go on. One thing you may have noticed is the Adidas Tango 12 ball they are using on the field. This ball looks great with the white and black, but Adidas has also released a ball that will only be used in the final game of Euro 2012 that we want to focus on now.

Since the final has not been played yet, you may not have seen the Adidas Euro 2012 Finals match ball yet. The main color remains white but the accent changes from black to silver and it looks great. The panels feature the Euro 2012 logo as well as all the teams that are participating in Euro 2012.

The ball looks great, but it is also made of high-end materials to give you perfect on-field performance. It is FIFA approved, which is not an easy distinction to get. In order for a ball to be approved by FIFA, it must pass tests on weight, water uptake, and shape and size retention. This is the highest rating given out by FIFA.

As I said before, this ball looks great and will last you a long time since it is made of high-end materials. Also, you’ll get to use the ball that will be used on the field at the Euro 2012 final, which is pretty cool. It is currently on sale at SoccerPro.com , so check it out today and enjoy all the matches at Euro 2012.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Puma evoSPEED 1 K - Black with White and Team Orange

Puma evoSPEED 1 K Review – Black with White and Team Orange

Before I begin my review of the new Puma evoSPEED 1 K cleats , I must forewarn you that I have never owned a pair of Puma cleats before. This is strange because at the moment, I am wearing one of my favorite pairs of shoes, the Puma FAAS 550’s (great shoes and extremely comfortable). Even though I have enjoyed wearing Puma shoes, all Puma cleats have been uncomfortable, ran too small, or did not feel very durable (I’m looking at you V1.11 Super Light). However, the evoSPEED is a different offering than these previous Puma cleats and should be taken into consideration when you are looking to but a new cleat.

Style

There are two versions of the new evoSPEED, a white version with red and blue and a black version with white and orange. Today, I am going to take a closer look at the black version, but the white cleat is just as nice. As you would expect, the main color throughout is black, but the color that really helps this stand out is the orange accent color. The tongue, heel, and bottom of the cleat all feature the orange color and it helps take this cleat from being dull to being very visually appealing. The upper is made of kangaroo leather, which gives a great touch on the ball as well as great comfort on your foot. Most light cleats today (this one is only 6.8 ounces) are made of synthetic materials, so it is nice to have a light cleat that still has what is considered the best leather for soccer cleats. It also has suede lining to give increased comfort. The bottom of the cleat offers a mix of bladed and rounded studs to give you great traction on the field.

Feel

Puma have created a lightweight cleat that looks great, uses kangaroo leather, and best of all, feels great. That’s pretty impressive! The softness of the kangaroo leather helps these to be very comfortable right out of the box and mold to your foot nicely. With Adizero’s and Vapor’s, you get a lightweight cleat, but you have creasing in the forefoot since it is made with synthetic materials. Since the evoSPEED is made with kangaroo leather, you don’t get this creasing, which adds to the comfort. One issue I did have with these is the fact that, like most Puma cleats, they still do run a little small. However, the evoSPEED is not nearly as bad as Puma cleats before it. I would recommend going a half size up from what you normally wear to be safe.

Overall

Before trying these cleats on, I definitely had my doubts about the evoSPEED. Luckily for everyone, Puma has come out with a top-notch cleat that everyone can enjoy. If you are a Puma fan or just love the look of the cleat and want to try your first Puma cleat, I would definitely go with these. The comfort, lightness, durability, and style go together wonderfully to give a great end product. Right now these are on sale at SoccerPro.com for $179.99 so go check them out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com