The Boots and Goals of World Cup 2018

We explore the best goals by the boot.

Where has the time gone? It felt like it was just yesterday that we were purring over Russia destroying Saudi Arabia 5-0. And before we knew it, we’re only 2 days away from the World Cup Final between France and Croatia. It’s been a tournament full of drama and goals and is possibly one of the best in recent memory. As a primer for the big game, we take a look back at some of our favourite goals scored by the players and the boots that enabled them to do so.

Edinson Cavani vs Portugal – Nike Hypervenom III DF

We’re starting off the goalscoring list with the ultimate goalscorer’s boot on Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayian striker has had a good tournament, linking up effortlessly with Luis Suarez in a throwback 4-4-2 formation. He was a menace to defenders and his second goal against Portugal was our favourite – peeling away into space on the left, opening up his body and taking a first time shot at the edge of the box to bend the ball around the ‘keeper. Unsaveable.

Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF - Just Do It Pack
Cavani wore the Nike Hypervenom III DF

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick v Spain – Mercurial Superfly Elite

It had to be him, didn’t it? The Mercurial silo has reigned supreme this World Cup with the Vapor netting an astounding 40 goals and the Superfly in second place with 19. We plomped with the GOAT, Ronaldo, with his free kick against Spain in his Superflys.

Spain was keeping Portugal at arms length with their possession play but Portugal got a free kick on the break. The score was 3-2 and the weight of a nation was on his shoulders. Up stepped Ronaldo with a shot into the top corner. This man lives for the big moments.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 - Just Do It Pack
Ronaldo is the face of the Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite

Benjamin Pavard v Argentina – adidas X18.1

That skill. That technique. That spin. Could this be the goal of the tournament? Pavard had no right to be in that area of the pitch, let alone volley it with such finesse with the outside of his right boot. It was at this moment where France knocked the stuffing out of Argentina and pushed on to thrash the South Americans. Game changer.

The adidas X18.1
The adidas X18.1

Romelu Lukaku v Tunisia – Puma One 1

Often derided for not being clinical enough, it’s easy to forget how young Lukaku is. He started the World Cup finally settling in with a boot sponsor and this was the platform to show his class. He led the line well for Belgium, typified by his clever movement and awareness to beat the offside trap and chip the ‘keeper with his weaker foot in the Puma One 1.

Puma One 1
Lukaku wears the Puma One 1

Granit Xhaka vs Serbia – Under Armour Magnetico Pro

So much history and bad blood was simmering beneath this match. It seemed to fuel Xhaka who unleashed a trademark rocket from that left boot way outside the penalty box. It was a moment made sweeter when donning a his custom pair of boots made by Under Armour.

Granit Xhaka Switzerland Under Armour Magnetico Pro
Under Armour customized the design for Xhaka

Did we miss any of your favourite boots and goals at the World Cup? Do let us know in the comments below.

Founder and editor of BOOTHYPE, Hats loves nothing more than a control/power boot that'll add a little something to his first touch. He counts the Puma evoPower 1 and the Nike PhantomVSN as some of his all-time favourites. The one that got away? The adidas Predator Mania in champagne.
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