If there’s one football boot that stands out in the history of football boots, it’s the Adidas Predator.
Cast into the world kicking, screaming and game-changing in 1994, the Predator has been worn by the greats of the game.
Beckham, Gerrard, Zidane were the early adopters. These days, it’s Pogba, Alaba, Ter Stegan and more who’ll be donning the latest iteration.
Now, it’s all about the 360-degree coverage of Adidas’ DEMONSKIN technology (a layer of rubber spikes around the boot itself with the aim of enabling superior ball control and increased ball swerve).
The iconic red makes way once more for blues, blacks and luminous yellow with a classic really breaking through its teenage years.
With a price tag tipping €300, it will be a while before this author lays his feet into a pair so, in the meantime, we can soak in the pictures below.
Look close enough and you can still see the three stripes that many of us longed for on school pitches.