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The 10 best Nike football boots for 2021

We’re counting down the very best Nike football boots you can buy in 2021. Strap yourselves in.

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We love a good football boot. The reason you’re reading this is because you love a good football boot. Well, you’re in for a treat here. So, for the next few minutes, sip a mug of tea and soak up the very best that the Nike football boot range has to offer.

Over the years, Nike’s infamous Swoosh has been at the heart of football’s and wider culture’s biggest moments. From De Bruyne ‘awakening the Phantom’ to Ronaldinho smacking the Nou Camp crossbar in Nike Tiempo, and who could forget a young CR7 pinging balls out of the tunnel in his Mercurial Vapor? Every time, it's a treat.

That’s enough of the nostalgic waffling though, you get the gist. Nike are up there with the best and this year is no different, they’ve unleashed some beautiful new boot models once more. Here’s our pick.


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10. Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite - White/Blue

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Legend isn’t a word which should be tossed around lightly, but Nike has rightly given the title to their latest version of the classic Tiempo, the Legend VIII. We’ve gone with the white and blue colourway here, the very ones which have helped propel Virgil Van Dijk and Jordan Henderson to multiple pieces of silverware.

The Tiempo Legend appears to be a boot which is favoured by defensively-minded players, the plush feel of the silo is most likely the reason why Gerard Piqué and Raphaël Varane like to ghost around in them like a couple of single owner, low mileage Rolls-Royces. It’s entirely up to you how you make use of them.

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9. Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite SE11 Sancho - Blue

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Bundesliga wonderkid Jason Sancho doesn’t mind a dabble when it comes to the fashion stakes, he also doesn’t forget where he first learned to play the game: SE11, London. Those two facts collide on the Mercurial Superfly 7, in the form of a vibrant celebration of the skilful English winger’s talent.

CR7, Mbappé, Rashford, Mahrez, Sancho. You get the picture. These boots are for goalscoring, dynamic flair players who know how to spread their opponents on toast, again and again. And if you trip yourself up wearing something as lively as these, you’d best brace yourself for some serious hammer.

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8. Nike Phantom GT Elite - Black/Red

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In stark contrast to Jadon’s design, we’re aware that some players prefer to go a little more under the radar. It’s time for some low-key chic in the shape of the Phantom GT, Nike’s most recent silo release. A rare beast, a true all-rounder of a football boot, suitable for every style of play. In black!

The Phantom GT has merged the qualities of the earlier Phantom VSN and VNM silos, into a technical masterclass of mid-noughties Ronaldinho proportions. To be honest, when you add black and red together on a boot, it’s always going to look like it means business.

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7. Nike Mercurial Vapor 13 Elite Neymar Jr - Yellow/Red/Blue/White

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Yes, Neymar has deserted his Nike roots. It must have been one hell of a hefty paycheck from Puma to shift him into the King. The good news is, you can still buy the Brazilian’s brilliant last release from Nike. Much like the man himself, they’re colourful, lightweight and enjoy being in the spotlight at all times.

The low-cut Mercurial Vapor 13 is a sharp looking boot, built for speed and acceleration. This colourway is a fun rainbow mix, sure to get you noticed. Ask yourself one question, have you got the effortless swagger of Neymar to pull these off?

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6. Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite - Black/Black

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We’re back for more Tiempo Legend 8 action. This time, we couldn’t resist the stealth like beauty of the blackout version. More for the discerning player and in stark contrast to the Neymar retina burners above, the Legend looks perfect in the shade of night.

Due to the Tiempo being favoured by defensive players throughout the game, it’s only fitting that it comes in solid black too. Think hustling, bustling centre halves who will kick anyone with even a speck of colour on their boots, or heaven forbid, those little white ankle sockies. Plus, they’re easier to clean. Bonus.

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5. Nike Phantom GT Elite Dynamic Fit - White

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Rarely does a new silo impress so much in terms of technology, design and original release colourways. The Phantom GT has plenty to offer its owner. This white, pink and black palette was one of two options when the Phantom GT dropped in 2020, and it shouldn’t be ignored.

The black ‘Generative Texture’ across the upper and thick stripe throughout gives it balance, finished off with a splash of pink which never becomes overpowering. It feels to us like the perfect blend and top players like Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne certainly agree, which can’t be a bad thing.

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4. Nike Mercurial Vapor 13 Elite - Orange

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The stepovers don’t look quite as good, unless you’ve got something outlandish wrapped around your feet. Say hello to the Mercurial Vapor 13 in a bright, unmistakable orange. You already know the boot is top quality, the giant Swoosh on the upper will tell you that much. These boots only need one word associated with them: Zlatan.

For the bravest of players, these Vapors are a statement of intent. You’re going to go on that pitch to embarrass and mock your opponents into submission. Yes, you’re more than likely going to receive some remarks from haters, but you’re good enough to let your feet do the talking.

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3. Nike Premier II 10R Edition - Beetroot/Gold

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Barcelona. Ronaldinho. Magic. That’s what springs to mind when we see these reinvigorated throwbacks. The Premier II is a long-running boot silo from Nike, renowned for its comfort, durability and feel at an extremely reasonable price point. Now it’s available in the beetroot and gold of a noughties Barca strip.

What is fast becoming a classic silhouette, the Premier II delivers a cushioned feel, perfect for the ball hogging playmakers amongst us. This colour palette screams understated elegance and class, setting it aside from a raft of vibrant modern boots. Go on, we won’t stop you doing a 10R elastico in them.

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2. Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite MDS - White/Black

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Another worthy mention for the Superfly 7. This time we’re waxing lyrical about the Elite MDS (Mercurial Dream Speed 003, to be specific). It’s an absolutely stonking looking boot, I’m sure you’ll agree. A certain Cristiano Ronaldo has recently stretched a fair few onion bags using their 360-degree, one-piece Flyknit uppers.

CR7 says, “these boots are all about chasing your dreams and doing whatever you can to achieve them, work hard and think big”. We’re not crying, you’re crying! Dream Speed designs are one-of-a-kind, reserved for the finest players in the game. Who’s to say that can’t be you? We can all dream.

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1. Nike Phantom GT Scorpion Elite Dynamic Fit - Silver

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It’s 2002. The planet is gearing up for the Japan and Korea World Cup. Nike decides to smother us with some more of their advertising genius. Known by many names: The Secret Tournament, The Cage or simply, The Scorpion KO. With Eric Cantona as ringmaster, it was a 3-a-side tournament of epic proportions.

Almost 20 years later, Nike is dropping 2002’s infamous scorpion logo onto the Phantom GT silhouette. It’s nostalgic and downright beautiful with a lively sting in its tail. The tournament ball was a reflective silver back in 2002, that same colour covers the Phantom GT today. Grab a pair of these and there’s no excuse to get your own legendary 3-a-side tournament fired up. One rule though: first goal wins.

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Kevan Thorpe

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