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The best football boots for shooting 2021

Offering a sweet strike and unstoppable power, these boots are absolutely deadly in front of goal.

best boots for shooting 2021

Have you heard the news? Fullbacks are trendy now.

Like everyone else, I’ve been impressed by the likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, as they completely reinvent the status quo to the point where people are questioning what the position of choice will now be for a young, aspiring footballer.

However whatever your positional preferences, there is one thing we can all agree on: we all want to put the ball in the back of the net. Strikers, midfielders, and yes, fullbacks all have a desire to get on the scoresheet as many times as is humanly possible, and few things improve your chances of doing so more than a quality pair of boots.

So what are the best football boots for shooting in 2021? Whether you’re a trendy TAA wannabe or peeling off the back of the last defender like Jamie Vardy, here are 5 of the best options that’ll have you covered at the end of the pitch where it matters most.

5. Puma One 5.1

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Who wears Puma One boots?

Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Olivier Giroud, Mario Balotelli

Why is the Puma One good for shooting?

Just days ago Sergio Agüero pipped Thierry Henry to reach the summit of the Premier League’s top foreign goalscorers list, and he achieved the feat wearing a pair of Puma One's.

Puma’s flagship silo is growing in popularity, and it all starts with evoKNIT, the company’s trademark knitted technology which is lightweight, breathable and capable of providing a superior ergonomic fit for any wearer. Speaking of materials, you’ll also find K-leather on the upper of the boot. Leather is experiencing something of a renaissance in the boot world, which is a welcome sight given the benefits it can provide for touch in particular. With all this assistance in terms of feel and comfort, it’s no surprise Agüero and others are rolling with the big cat in 2021.

4. adidas Nemeziz 19+ / 19.1

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Who wears adidas Nemeziz boots?

Lionel Messi, Ciro Immobile, Serge Gnabry, Roberto Firmino, Bernardo Silva

Why is the adidas Nemeziz good for shooting?

The relatively young adidas Nemeziz underwent a huge facelift last year, but despite the recent aesthetic changes the poster boy of the silo has remained the same since day 1. Lionel Messi hasn’t looked back since he switched to the Nemeziz upon its release, and the Barcelona myth (who is top scorer in La Liga at the time of writing) is the ultimate endorsement for the boot’s scoring potential.

This is far from a one-man show though. Perhaps the most interesting current Nemeziz wearer is the man who is currently the runaway leader in the Serie A golden boot winner race: Ciro Immobile. The Lazio marksman is a huge 6 goals ahead of his nearest rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku, and his prolific record so far in 2019/20 is turning a lot of heads in the boot world.

From a tech perspective, the Nemeziz is most famous for its Torsion Tape. Not only does the boot look futuristic as a result of the feature, the adaptive fit provides top-level agility, allowing wearers to shake off defenders at ease. And once you find yourself in space in front of goal, the soft upper and large strike zone are perfect for that all-important finish.

3. Nike Mercurial Vapor XIII / Superfly VII

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Who wears Nike Mercurial boots?

Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Eden Hazard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Why is the Nike Mercurial good for shooting?

It’s not often a 3rd place finish would be considered a disappointment, but in the case of Nike Mercurial it’s most definitely something of a surprise. Nike’s iconic silo has been the choice of many a winger and striker over the years, but at the start of 2021 the boot has a surprising amount of catching up to do.

On paper the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard are the perfect sorts of players to help bring a boot to the top any leaderboard, but in practice none of these players are leading in terms of goals in their respective leagues as we speak. Whatever the reasons behind these slight hiccups, it’s fair to say it has been a shyer than expected season for the Mercurial, at least so far.

Without wanting to sound too negative though, the Mercurial is still one of the best boots you can find if you’re wanting to find the back of the net. This is a state of the art piece of engineering from top to bottom, with soft, comfy Flyknit throughout and the impressive Aerotrack plate which snaps back into place every step of the way, meaning you’ll never skip a beat. From a forward’s perspective, this is as tidy as it gets. There are no gimmicks or distractions in terms of the upper; just a pure, ultra-thin surface designed to provide a squeaky clean connection between ball and boot.

2. adidas X 19+ / 19.1

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Who wears adidas X boots?

Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min, Timo Werner, Jamie Vardy, Wissam Ben Yedder

Why is the adidas X good for shooting?

In 2nd place is the formidable adidas X. The silo has been the preferred choice of none other than Mohamed Salah, but despite the Egyptian’s undoubted brilliance he’s not even the most successful current wearer of the X in terms of cold hard goals this season. Leading the way across all players in the Premier League is none other than Jamie Vardy. It’s been a dominant campaign for the former Premier League winner, and his exploits are an exclamation mark to the sentence about what the X can do for your shooting. We shouldn’t forget fellow X devotee Wissam Ben Yedder either, who is just ahead of Kylian Mbappé in the Ligue 1 goals table.

It’s no surprise to see the X so high on the goalscoring charts given its innate focus on speed. The DNA of the boot is littered with lightweight, refined features like the Speedmesh upper and Speedframe outsole. These features do more than just keep the light boot too, the thin mesh upper provides improved touch, and the outsole is perforated for extra traction. You’ll also find Clawcollar which locks in your feet for the same quality fit at all stages of a game.

1. Nike Phantom Venom

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Who wears Nike Phantom Venom boots?

Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martínez, Raheem Sterling, Mauro Icardi

Why is the Nike Phantom Venom good for shooting?

If you’re into boots, you’ll know that the Hypervenom used to be Nike’s premier shooting boot. When it came to the business of finishing the Hypervenom was the go-to boot for many, and following its somewhat surprising discontinuation in 2019, the Nike PhantomVNM took on the daunting mantle of leading the charge for Nike in the striker’s department. It’s fair to say the new boy has more than held it’s own since then.

You’ll find the Phantom VNM on the feet of a plethora of goal-getters, including the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Perhaps the most significant PhantomVNM proponent though is Robert Lewandowski. The Poland and Bayern forward is leading the scoring charts in not only the Bundesliga but the Champions League too. It doesn’t get any better than that.

With a strike zone that’s 30% bigger than the one that used to be on the Hypervenom, and a series of moulded details which work in a similar way to the grooves of a golf club by providing power and precision, this is a boot designed to do one thing very well. As a striker, it’s the perfect weapon to have at your disposal, and it just so happens it works for fullbacks like Andy Robertson too. 

If you’re still hungry for more boot content, we’ve put together more best boot guides for strikers, midfielders and defenders. There’s no shame if you’re perfectly happy to pick up a pair of Phantom Venoms as a centre back though.

Phil Delves

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