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The best football boots for midfielders 2021

Pulling the strings and dictating the play, these boots are the ultimate weapon for midfield maestros.

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The ability to thread the ball through the eye of a needle is something every player craves.

There’s just nothing more devastating than a talented central midfielder who can instinctively play that killer pass. They see things no one else can, quietly conducting the play and then opening up the opposition with a swift through-ball. No matter what level you play at, in every great side you’ll find at least one midfield maestro who fancies themselves as the next Paul Scholes.

But, of course, they need the right tools at their disposal. These are the top football boots for midfielders in 2021, with modern tech giving you greater control and accuracy than ever before.

1. adidas Predator Mutator 20+

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You just can’t go wrong with a good adidas Predator.

Brought back to life towards the end of 2017, the Predator silo returned amidst a whirlwind of hype and expectation. Fortunately, the latest generation has more than lived up to it. Featuring all manner of innovative boot tech, as well as a new ‘Demonskin’ twist on the original upper ‘scales’ that set the design aside from the rest, the Predator Mutator continues adidas’ reign as the ultimate midfield weapon.

A Primeknit Sockfit collar, Purecut laceless upper and stable Controlframe all combine to create a comfortable, devastating football boot; while the stunning range of new colourways gives you plenty of designs to choose from.

Top Colourways:

adidas Predator “OG” (Black/White/Red), adidas Predator “Shadowbeast” (Black/Silver), adidas Predator “Tormentor” (Royal Blue/Red), adidas Predator “Locality” (Fluo/Pop), adidas Predator “Uniforia” (White/Core Black/Pop), adidas Predator “Black/Fluro Pink”.

Who Wears adidas Predator?

Paul Pogba, Dele Alli, Miralem Pjanić, Ivan Rakitić, Koke, Daniele De Rossi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Rodrigo Bentancur, Franck Kessié.

2. Nike Phantom Vision 2 Elite

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Nike’s Phantom Vision silo was first introduced just before the start of the 2018/19 season. For 2021 it's been given a very tidy update, introducing the newer VSN 2. Sporting a range of slick colourways and boasting some of the most innovative boot tech you’re likely to see, the Nike PhantomVSN has been a massive hit with central midfielders.

An internal Quadfit Mesh conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot, giving them much more flexibility out on the football pitch and ultimately allowing them to feel more comfortable. The boots also feature a Ghost Lace System to provide a smooth striking surface, while the Flyknit upper is enhanced to provide greater control of the ball.

In short, this is a football boot built for ultimate levels of comfort and control. And top midfielders love it.

Top Colourways:

Nike Phantom VSN 2 (Black/Blue), Nike Phantom VSN 2 (Silver/Red), Nike Phantom VSN 2 (White/Black), Nike Phantom VSN 2 (Pink/Black), Nike Phantom VSN 2 "Hypervenom" (Orange/Black), Nike Phantom VSN (Black/Black), Nike Phantom VSN 2 (Fluo/Black).

Who Wears Nike PhantomVSN 2?

Kevin De Bruyne, Kai Havertz, Casemiro, Marco Verratti, Cenzig Ünder, Mason Mount, Rodri. 

3. Nike Mercurial Vapor 13

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Although you might usually associate the Nike Mercurial with more attack-minded players, you only need to look at the likes of Luka Modric and Frenkie de Jong to see how effective they can be in the middle of the park. 

Built for speed and agility, the Mercurial Vapor 13 is perfect for players who love to twist and turn their way into little pockets of space. This latest generation builds upon the hugely-popular 360 Flyknit introduced with the Vapor 12, offering subtle tweaks to offer a lighter, more streamlined version which is ideal for creative midfielders that tend to get themselves forward. 

It also makes use of Nike’s ground-breaking All Conditions Control technology, which ensures you really will be able to do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke.

Top Colourways:

Nike Mercurial Vapor "Safari" (White/Black/Orange), Nike Mercurial Vapor "Future Lab" (White/Black/Pink), Nike Mercurial Vapor "Jogo Prismatico" (Multi), Nike Mercurial Vapor “Dream Speed” (Dark Blue), Nike Mercurial Vapor “New Lights” (Blue), Nike Mercurial Vapor “Speed Freak” (Silver/Red/Black) Nike Mercurial Vapor “Under the Radar” (Black).

Who Wears Nike Mercurial Vapor?

Bruno Fernandes, Luka Modric, Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Arthur, Alphonso Davies, Vinicius Junior, Hakim Ziyech, Leon Goretzka, Nicolo Zaniolo.

4. adidas Nemeziz 19+

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Another fantastic football boot for attacking midfielders is the adidas Nemeziz.

Designed for players with mind-boggling agility, the Nemeziz 19+ utilises adidas’ famous Agility Bandage system, alongside the snug Agility Weave material and a stability-enhancing Dual Lock Collar. So, basically, these boots make it incredibly comfortable for players to change direction at speed. 

Absolutely perfect for players that thrive on finding that extra yard of space, the adidas Nemeziz is the ultimate weapon for any agile playmakers out there. Oh, and if you’re a big Lionel Messi fan (who isn’t?), then you can even get your hands on one his stunning signature-edition colourways. 

Top Colourways:

adidas Nemeziz "Uniforia" (White/Yellow), adidas Nemeziz “Hard Wired” (Pink), adidas Nemeziz “Encryption Code” (Grey/Orange), adidas Nemeziz “Inner Game” (Dark Blue), adidas Nemeziz “302 Redirect” (Red), adidas Nemeziz “Dark Script” (Black).

Who Wears adidas Nemeziz?

Lionel Messi, Isco, Aaron Ramsey, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Thomas Partey, Alassane Plea, Miguel Almiron.

5. Puma ONE 5.1

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The Puma ONE, much like the Mercurial, is actually one of the best boots for strikers. However, the qualities it offers are also very well-suited to certain types of midfielder, while the evoKNIT sock ensures they’re comfortable regardless of the position you play. 

This comfort is enhanced by Puma’s innovative Fusefit technology, which allows for fantastic lacing customisation and ensures a snug fit. More importantly, the aptly-named Sprintweb and Rapidsprint technology is all about speed, making them ideal for both attacking and defensive midfielders rushing to get back. 

The upper of the ONE is also incredibly thin, providing the kind of touch and control which is important for every midfielder on the planet. Basically, this is a real all-rounder.

Top Colourways:

Puma One "Alter Reality" (Grey/Yellow), Puma One “Anthem” (Red/Black), Puma One “Rush” (Yellow/Black/White), Puma One “City Pack” (Black/Blue), Puma One “Eclipse” (Black), Puma One “Winterized” (Green). 

Who Wears Puma ONE?

David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Axel Witsel, Olexsandr Zinchenko, Julian Weigl. 

Although you might only be interested in the very best, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get your hands on some cheap football boots this season. Compare prices at FOOTY.COM on all the above boots, and make sure you bag a pair for the lowest price possible! 

Ben Hyde

Rubbish FIFA player with an addiction to buying football shirts which are way too cool for me.