What the best male players are wearing at major tournaments this summer

There is no better opportunity for boot manufacturers to show off their products than the big tournaments that dominate the summer. A year later than expected, the best of the Old World are gathering to play Euro 2020 this summer, while the best talents from South America compete in the Copa America.

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As such, Adidas, New Balance, Nike and Puma have new shoes to grab your attention. So, using our annual FC 100 list of football’s top male players, we detail what football greats will wear to the Euro and Copa, and what sets them apart.

– Calendar and schedule of matches of Euro 2020
– Calendar of matches and fixtures of the Copa America


Twenty-three of this year’s FC 100 will compete in the Euro or Copa wearing Adidas, whose Showpiece pack will adorn the brand’s X Ghosted and Predator Freak boots. Metallic silver serves as the base color – much like the Three Stripes merchandise at Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario – and is accented by Team Royal Blue and Scarlet, resulting in a clean, classic design. As for the Nemeziz and Copa Sense, neither will get the Showpiece treatment, both continuing with the colorways launched in the spring: White, Core Black and Screaming Orange for the former and white with Inner neon bursts. Life pack for the latter.

X ghost

Who wears them: Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté, Angel Di Maria, Jordi alba, Thomas muller, Roberto Firmino, Timo werner, Matthijs de Ligt, Benjamin Pavard.

What Adidas says: “X Ghosted is designed to be a lightweight speed boot that feels fast when placed on the foot thanks to the information from the running track, where marginal gains on the clock define the game.”

How much do they cost? $ 275 without laces, $ 225 with laces

predatory monster

Who wears them: Paul pogba, David Alaba, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Fabinho, Leon Goretzka, Aymeric Laporte.

What Adidas says: “Predator freak [was] created to transform the game of athletes and allow better control of the ball. “

How much do they cost? $ 275 without laces, $ 250 with laces


Who wears them: Lionel messi, Serge Gnabry, Bernardo Silva, Kieran Trippier, Ciro Immobile.

What Adidas says: “Nemeziz is designed for the most agile, multi-directional players. Created specifically for those who play unpredictably and beat any opposition with spectacular flair, footwork and movement …”

How much do they cost? $ 275 without laces, $ 225 with laces

Cut direction

Who wears them: Neuer manual, Thiago Alcantara, David de Gea.

What Adidas says: “Designed from the inside out using anatomical information about the human foot, Copa Sense introduces new Adidas design innovations … to deliver improved feel and optimal touch for the wearer.”

How much do they cost? $ 275 without laces, $ 225 with laces

New balance

There is only one FC 100 athlete at Euro or Copa who does not wear Adidas, Nike or Puma, and that is Rahim sterling after New Balance announced in May that the England international has joined their ranks.

Furon V6 +

Who wears them: Rahim Sterling.

What New Balance says: “Our Furon V6 + Pro … offers the streamlined feel that experienced players are looking for. This minimalist cleat gives you the feel of direct contact with the ground and the ball for an unparalleled feel.”

How much do they cost? $ 220


Each shoe in the Nike Impulse pack features the unique and fresh trio of Dynamic Turquoise, Lime Glow and Aquamarine, gliding perfectly along the color spectrum between blue and yellow. Twenty-four of our FC 100 players performing at Euro and Copa will be wearing water-inspired shoes, giving fans plenty of opportunities to soak up the depth of these colors.

Ghost GT

Who wears them: Kevin De Bruyne, Harry kane, Joshua Kimmich, Marco Verratti, Casemiro, Romelu Lukaku, Andy robertson, Kai Havertz, Marquinhos, Jack Grealish.

What Nike says: “The design of the Phantom GT used … digital data sets to create a shoe designed to help a perfect feel on the ball and unleash a player’s creative skills.”

How much do they cost? $ 275 with Dynamic Fit collar, $ 225 without


Who wears them: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modric, Bruno Fernandes, Edenic danger, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Frenkie de Jong, Ben chilwell, Vinicius Junior, Alex Sandro.

What Nike says: The design of the new Mercurial uses the natural geometry of a dragonfly’s wing as a guide to drive maximum efficiency with minimum weight. This results in a lightweight and efficient boot stripped of seven key components, each made visible for a striking aesthetic that relays the essence of speed. “

How much do they cost? $ 275


Who wears them: Thibaut Courtois, Jordan henderson, Alisson.

What Nike says: “Premium leather has always been the signature of Nike’s iconic Tiempo franchise. For the Tiempo Legend 8, the timeless leather exterior is combined with a highly modernized interior to deliver a technical boot.”

How much do they cost? $ 230


Seven of our FC 100s will don Puma’s Spectra boots at the European Championship and Copa America. Refracted color beam bands when placed against the brilliant white of the Ultra and Future Z, setting up what promises to be compelling visuals when Neymar begins its summer of stages.


Who wears them: Sergio Aguero, Raphael Varane, Kyle walker, Kingsley coman.

What Puma says: “After years of testing and player feedback from some of the best offensive players in the world, including Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Aguero and Nikita Parris, the Puma Ultra is designed to deliver the fastest football boot in the game. “

How much do they cost? $ 200

Future Z

Who wears them: Neymar, Ederson, Jules Koundé.

What Puma says: “The Future Z was designed to enhance the playstyle of the world’s most exciting and entertaining players. Built around an adaptive compression band, the boot provides optimal lockdown and support for explosive movements.”

How much do they cost? $ 200

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