Best Nike Mercurial Footballers
The Nike Mercurial series of football boots are an extremely popular series. In the past, Nike has created different versions of the Mercurial boot, but currently, the most popular and innovative ones are the Mercurial Vapor V and the Mercurial Vapor Superfly.
The Nike Mercurial Vapors have been worn by many players around the world because they are so lightweight. They have been worn by all kinds of players, from unknowns to high profiles.
This article will highlight the best footballers who have worn any boot of the Nike Mercurial series. There will be an honorable mention section and then a Top five after that.
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Honorable Mention: Luis Fabiano
Luis Fabiano is one of the greatest strikers in the world at the current time. He is deadly anywhere in the box and can score all kinds of goals.
His strike rate is amazing too.
This past year he lit up the world stage with his Nike Mercurial Vapor Superflys at the FIFA Confederations Cup, winning the Golden Shoe and Silver Ball and also helping Brazil to it's third Confeds. Cup title.
Honorable Mention: Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato has been on fire this season. Teaming up with compatriot Ronaldinho, he has scored seven goals in the Italian Serie A this season.
Alexandre Pato is an amazing striker. His immense speed is enough to terrorize defenses, and he has done that plenty of times in the Champions League and the Series A.
His success is surely to continue, and Brazilian coach Dunga can't overlook him for long.
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabriel Agbonlahor is known for his appalling speed, he uses it to full affect by scoring goals consistently. This season, he has scored eight goals and also had one assist in the Premier League, and you can be sure there's plenty more where that came from.
He hasn't secured his spot in the English national team starting XI, but if he consistently keeps up the good work, Fabio Capello is bound to notice him.
Honorable Mention: Dani Alves
Dani Alves is one of the most consistent right backs in the world. He consistently racks up assists by setting up his teammates for goals, many of which prove to be crucial.
He even assisted Ibrahimovic for the game winning goal in the first El Clasico of the season, with a fantastic cross.
Sometimes, he can be held suspect for defensive lapses, but he is quick to track back most times.
5. Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery is one of the best wingers in the world. If he hadn't been hit by injuries recently, he probably would have ranked in the top two on this list. However, there's no doubting that this player is extraordinary.
Ribery has the ability to cut through defenses with his fantastic dribbling abilities; plus, he has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Hopefully he can completely recover from his injuries so that we can see more from this fantastic Frenchman.
4. Andrei Arshavin
Andrei Arshavin is currently in a fantastic run of form. He is the second highest scorer for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, and he is an integral part of the offensive part of the team.
His playmaking ability cannot be discounted, as he has been involved in numerous goals for his club; during the Euro 2008, he led his country Russia to the semifinals by defeating Netherlands 3-1.
Arshavin's consistency is bound to make him a permanent part of Arsene Wenger's plans for the future of the Gunners.
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is definitely one of the best strikers in the world. After making a dream move to Barcelona from Inter, he has enjoyed profound success, already going second in the La Liga scoring charts with 11 goals and four assists.
He scored the game winning goal in the first El Clasico of the season, brilliantly connecting with a Dani Alves cross.
Ibrahimovic is a brilliant striker. He has great skill, and his finishing ability is sublime. He's consistent, and I'm positive that he's going to be competing to be top scorer in La Liga come May.
2. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is the currently the deadliest striker in the English Premier League. He currently leads the scoring charts with 13 goals; oh, and did I mention that he also has five assists, putting him in fifth place for most assists in the Premier League this season.
The fact that Drogba is immensely dangerous only tells part of his story. He also tracks back too, especially to defend on set pieces. The fact that he tracks back makes him an extremely valuable striker, almost indispensable.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
This was pretty much a given. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world. Some would say Ronaldo is definitely the best (I'm one of those people), others say it's Messi.
But no matter what side you're on, you have to admit that Ronaldo is amazing. He can make the ball do anything he wants it too, he's got fast feet to complement his numerous tricks.
He's even the fastest footballer in the world (and that's official; check out this article: http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2009/12/11/1680966/real-madrids-cristiano-ronaldo-the-fastest-in-football).
He's so fast that he is even able to translate his speed into power on his deadly free kicks!
Ronaldo is just simply amazing. I'm positive that CR9 will succeed in the future, and he definitely has the potential to even win another Balon d'Or.