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Best football boots for strikers & shooting 2023

Lethal forwards unite. We’ve found the best football boots for strikers who demand only the highest levels of shooting and finishing.
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one year ago


best football boots for strikers and shooting

You’re a glory hunter, that’s what they all say. You just wait around then put the ball in the net.

The thing is, strikers don’t care. You know that shooting, finishing and scoring goals are the most difficult parts of the game. And the most fun.

When it comes to finding the right football boots for the job of the goalscorer, there are a few key things to look out for.

Shooting accuracy and power, lightweight build for acceleration, comfort for 90 minutes. We’ve found the models that help you to do it all.

Proudly pull on your #9 shirt, because we’re here to help you find your next lethal weapons...

5. Nike Phantom GT2

nike phantom gt2 football boots in blue and black
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The Nike Phantom GT2 is the closest ally of powerful centre-forwards. The ‘Elite’ model is jam-packed with tech that’s ideal for accurate shooting.

This Nike design has made our lists for defenders and midfielders too, showing just how useful it can be for every type of goalscorer.

Evolved from the earlier Phantom VNM, which was also built for those with an eye for goal, the GT2 has off-centre lacing to create a cleaner strike zone.

ACC (All Conditions Control) coating across the Flyknit uppers will help you to avoid those embarrassing miscontrols and we’ll say it quietly…*open goals*.

There is a full selection of takedown (cheaper) options and a Dynamic Fit (DF) sock collared version available too. Oh, and there’s even a surface type for every kind of pitch.

Who wears Nike Phantom GT2?

Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Pernille Harder, Rodrygo, Jack Grealish, Lautaro Martínez, Brian Brobbey, Mauro Icardi, Matheus Cunha.

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4. Puma Ultra Ultimate

puma ultra ultimate football boots in yellow
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A bit of poise and finesse now from Puma’s latest release. A lightweight net finder, the Puma Ultra Ultimate is sure to get your scoring stats up.

The dual density SPEEDPLATE sits through the chassis, giving the wearer added explosive acceleration. Useful for leaving defenders in your dust.

This premium model has durable ULTRAWEAVE tech in the uppers, meaning it’s feathery light and super flexible for quick turns and bursts of speed in behind.

There’s even a laceless ‘+’ design, along with a full range of surface types and cheaper (lower tech) alternatives in the Pro, Match and Play versions.

Check out the list of pros wearing these, and you’ll see exactly why this Puma Ultra can work for your attacking game.

Who wears Puma Ultra Ultimate?

Antony, Memphis Depay, Eugénie Le Sommer, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman, Christian Pulisic, Aleksandar Mitrović, Cody Gakpo, Sébastien Haller.

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3. Nike Mercurial Superfly 9

nike mercurial superfly 9 football boots in pink and white
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A certain Cristiano Ronaldo and his protégé Kylian Mbappé wear these. That should be enough to convince anyone, right?

This design is the latest in a long line of incredible Nike Mercurial Superfly releases, but it’s the first to use a ¾ Nike Air unit in the sole. Mmm, cushiony-soft.

The Superfly 9 is the version that uses a Dynamic Fit collar, for a snug ankle fit and extra support for those quick shoulder drops and shimmies.

As always it comes with Nike’s Flyknit uppers, but you can only go laced on this model. There are a range of sole types and colourways to choose from, nevermind the ton of cheaper alternatives for kids and adults too.

Anyone can attempt to emulate CR7, and you don’t need to break the bank to try.

Who wears Nike Mercurial Superfly 9?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Darwin Núñez, Riyad Mahrez, Mathys Tel, Giovanni Simeone.

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2. Nike Mercurial Vapor

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There’s a reason why we haven’t specified the Vapor 14 or the Vapor 15 here. They’re both amazing and they are both still being used by pros at the top level.

When it comes to tech, the Elite model of Vapor 15 has everything that the Superfly 9 has, except the DF sock collar. So, you’re still going to get Nike Air comfort levels here.

In terms of hitting the back of the net, it doesn’t get much more consistent than Lewandowski, Kerr and Haaland. The Mercurial Vapor is all about pinpoint finishing.

We’ve got this one notch above the Superfly due to the amount of players wearing them, you can even grab the top-of-the-range Mercurial Vapor 14 for much less. And we do love a bargain.

The laced low-cut upper is the only option in both the Vapor 14 or Vapor 15, but you’ll find all the usual sizes for the family with soles suited to every pitch.

Who wears Nike Mercurial Vapor?

Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Sam Kerr, Dušan Vlahović, Vinicius Júnior, Richarlison, Beth Mead, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Ousmane Dembélé, Leroy Sané, Tammy Abraham, Dejan Kulusevski, André Silva, Patrick Schick, Benjamin Šeško, Ivan Toney.

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1. adidas X Speedportal

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A new entry to number one, and it’s a new entry to the boot world. The adidas X Speedportal has massively impressed us (and 100s of pros) since its launch in August 2022.

The ‘.1’ and ‘+’ elite models of this range host updated Speedframe 2.0 and Speedskin 2.0 tech, improved from the earlier X Speedflow release, which was very good in its own right.

With a PRIMEKNIT collar and Carbitex chassis, the boot feels dynamic yet lightweight. It’s the perfect tool for pouncing on balls hovering in the corridor of uncertainty.

If you’re a playmaker, Messi uses these for finesse. If you’re a powerhouse poacher, Benzema bags 30+ a season in them. If you’re a complete striker, Miedema does the business every week in them.

Plenty of colourways are dropping and will continue to do so during this season, you’re bound to find the one for you. Get in them and grab some goals.

Who wears adidas X Speedportal?

Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, Vivienne Miedema, Son Heung-min, Mohamed Salah, Stina Blackstenius, Rafael Leão, Luis Díaz, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Ferran Torres, Serge Gnabry, Julián Álvarez, Ciro Immobile, Christopher Nkunku, Álvaro Morata.

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We find you the best deals on all the boots listed above, as well as a huge range of other models and colourways!

Author Image of Kevan Thorpe
Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.
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