By Tony Ubani
WORLD Footballer and Argentine dreaded one, Lionel Messi, would confront the Green Eagles on June 12 in their Group B World Cup opener with a new boot.
The boot made by foot-wear manufacturers, Adidas, is reputed to be the lightest football boots ever made. The F50 boot is weighing in at a mere 164g for a size 8 boot. They are made of a German-invented polymer called polyurethane.
The advantage of using the boot means the player turns faster and aids the ball to move accurately at where it is targeted.
Lionel Messi, without this boot, has been in top form and has scored amazing goals thatÂ have placed himÂ asÂ the leading scorer inÂ La Liga with 32 goals. The closest to him is Gonzalo Higuain, also Argentine with 27 goals.
Both players are in the squad that has been named for the World Cup by Diego Maradona. In the English Premier League, Didier Drogba of Chelsea won the Golden boot with 29 goals while Edin Dzeko with 22 goals is the top marksman in the Bundesliga.
In Italyâ€™s Serie A, Antonio di Natale is tops with 28 goals while Mamadou Niang finished tops with 17 goals in Franceâ€™s Ligue 1. None of the top marksmen scored goals closer to the little Argentine who would be a torn in the flesh of the Eagles.
However, this special boot that would add to his â€˜invincibilityâ€™ would also be worn by other superstars like David Villa, Jermain Defoe, and Johan Vonlathen.
The disadvantage of this wonderful single layered boot that needs no extra padding is that it could mean more broken metatarsals (Good news to Nigerians).