Nike's Mercurial R9 Soccer Boot Receives the Air Max Treatment

El Phenomenon’s boot gets a casual makeover.

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Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) was arguably one of the greatest players of all time, striking fear into opposing defenders with his torrid pace, quick feet and lethal finishing skills. A good number of his 352 career goals were scored with a Nike boot, most notably the Mercurial R9. Now as a tribute to El Phenomenon, the Swoosh has revived the iconic model with an off-pitch makeover, replacing the cleats with Air Max cushioning and rendering the shoe’s upper in Hyperfuse. Seen above in a sleek black colorway, look to purchase the Nike Air Max Mercurial R9 at select accounts this spring.

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