Ronaldo’s Famous R9 Mercurial Boots Turn 15 Years Old, Nike Mark Occasion With New ‘Special Edition’ Version (Photos)

By Chris Wright

To mark the 15th anniversary of their revolutionary 1998 design, Nike have produced a special limited edition run of 1,998 individually-numbered pairs of new, re-engineered Mercurial Vapor R9s in an homage to the original boots worn by ‘El Fenomeno’ himself at France ’98…


It’s like seeing an old girlfriend again for the first time in 15 years and she’s even more beautiful than you remember – but unlike most of Pies’ ex-girlfriends, they ain’t cheap.

Still, glorious.

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  1. Eric says:

    Looks like Pumas.

  2. Chris says:

    Glorious – I’d just glorious. Brings back memories of the beginning of that era of retro cool nike and the brazilian national team. I’d watch ronaldo tear it up week on week in these babies.

  3. Bruno says:

    I’m not a fan of this colourful stuff but this is a classic. I just think the yellow parts should be really yellow like it was in those days.

    They kind of changed it to a Police coat colour or a referee shirt colour. They yellow looks kind of green

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