Ahead of Argentina and Lionel Messi beginning 2021 Copa América play against Chile on June 14, adidas has launched the special edition cleats that Messi will wear throughout the tournament, dubbed “El Retorno” (“The Return”).
The name comes from Messi’s transition from the Nemeziz silo back to a boot — the X50 Speedflow — that takes it’s inspiration from the F30 cleats that he wore during Barcelona’s 2007 Copa del Rey run.
Most famously, those are the cleats that “generated” the legendary goal that Messi scored against Getafe — the one that looked a lot like Diego Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” against England at the 1986 World Cup.
The “Tech Metallic/Core Black/Intense Orange” color-way is the perfect balance of subtlety and drop dead gorgeousness,
The cleats are available for purchase at SOCCER.com.