The best football boots for strikers 2020

It’s time to put on your shooting boots and become unstoppable in front of goal.

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This post was originally created in September 2018, and has since been updated to include all the latest boots for 2020.

Some boots are built for one purpose: to put the ball in the back of the net.

Featuring innovative tech and slick colourways, this year’s releases have given players everything they need to unleash their deadly finishing. Never before have boots felt so responsive and light, while the big brands have also placed an emphasis on comfort and stability over the past few months.

For strikers, the latest generation of football boots seems too good to be true.

They’re able to strike the ball cleaner and harder, while modern boots even provide greater levels of accuracy and control. The result has been a shower of beautiful goals and wonderful finishes, as some of the newest designs prove absolutely unstoppable in front of goal.

So, what are the best football boots for strikers right now?

1. Nike Phantom Venom

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Worn by the likes of Harry Kane and Edinson Cavani, the new Nike Phantom Venom boots are shown off by some of the world's most prolific goal-scorers.

The Nike Phantom VNM is engineered with textured zones to provide a powerful strike, supported by a Presicion PWR instep to ensure total accuracy. The Venom has covered laces, increasing the strike zone which is 30% larger than the Hypervenom III while allowing a superb lockdown.

These boots are new to the market and are set to be the ultimate weapon in front of goal.

Top Colourways:

Nike Phantom VNM “Phantom Fire” (Bright Mango) Nike Phantom VNM “New Lights” (Yellow), Nike Phantom VNM “Under the Radar” (Black/Volt), Nike Phantom VNM “Euphoria” (White/Blue), Nike Phantom VNM “Game Over” (Red), Nike Phantom VNM “Nuovo White” (White).

Who Wears Nike Phantom VNM?

Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Gonzalo Higuaín, Lautaro Martínez, Alex Morgan, Raheem Sterling, Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Mario Mandzukic, Mason Greenwood, Raúl Jiménez.

2. PUMA FUTURE 4.1 Netfit

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Who said laces were dead?

The Puma Future has proven hugely-popular since bursting onto the scene in 2017, becoming the first boots to utilise Puma’s innovative NETFIT technology. This serves up a completely flexible lacing system, providing endless customisation options and basically allowing wearers to tie their laces any way they want.

Coming just a few short months after the 19.1 model, the Future 4.1 has introduced a few welcome improvements. This is a lighter, more breathable football boot, which brings your foot much closer to the ball to improve touch and control. 

The Netfit system and 3D Havoc Frame have been streamlined and merged into one layer, creating an ultra-responsive boot which is great for strikers. Plus, since you can lace them whatever way you see fit, they’re also pretty nice and comfortable, too.

Top Colourways:

Puma Future “Anthem” (Blue/Energy Red), Puma Future “City Pack” (Black/Blue), Puma Future “Eclipse” (Black), Puma Future “Rush” (Yellow).

Who Wears Puma Future 4.1 Boots?

Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suárez, Nicolas Pépé, Allain Saint-Maximin. 

3. Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite

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The Nike Mercurial is probably the most popular football boot on the planet right now. Particularly amongst strikers and other forwards. 

In the right hands, the Mercurial Superfly 7 is downright devastating in front of goal, suited for speedy forwards who regularly leave defenders spitting dust. After huge success with the Superfly 6, these next-gen Mercs utilise the same ground-breaking 360 technology, although this time Nike have somehow made these boots even lighter

The improvements on the last generation are slight but noticeable, with the improved upper feeling much softer and more flexible. Considering just how thin these boots are, the fact they’re so strong and durable should be considered a staggering feat of engineering. An excellent choice for any strikers with bags of pace.

Top Colourways:

Nike Mercurial Superfly “New Lights” (Blue) Nike Mercurial Superfly “Under the Radar” (Black), Nike Mercurial Superfly “Dream Speed” (Dark Blue).

Who Wears Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Boots?

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Rashford, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng, Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha, Alexis Sanchez.

4. adidas X 19.1

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Built for strikers with blistering pace and mind-boggling agility, the adidas X can be absolutely devastating in attack. I mean, just look at what Mo Salah has been doing over the past few years. 

The X has always been football’s ultimate speed boot, and the latest generation looks to continue that trend. Although the upgrades might appear slight, the new 19.1 is undoubtedly adidas’ fastest boot yet, making it an essential option for strikers who like to play off the shoulder. 

Coming in a selection of stunning colourways, the next-gen X features a new X-layskin upper, which essentially makes them even lighter than previous generations. This is by far the biggest change, however, and you could always go for the older 18+ model if you were hoping to save a little money. 

Top Colourways:

adidas X “302 Redirect” (Silver/Red), adidas X “Inner Game” (Navy/Gold), adidas X “Dark Script” (Black) adidas X “Hard Wired” (Light Blue).

Who Wears adidas X Boots?

Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema, Son Heung-Min, Gabriel Jesus, Jamie Vardy, Luka Jovic, Michy Batshuayi, Diego Costa, Lucas Moura. 

5. Puma One 5.1 evoKnit

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The Puma One 5.1 made a big splash ahead of last summer’s Women’s World Cup. Going under the name “Trailblazer”, this was a boot made exclusively for the women’s game and introduced us to a brand-new generation. 

Of course, the 5.1 was now very much a part of the men’s game, too, featuring a sparkly new upper and plenty of jaw-dropping colourways. These boots are much lighter than previous generations, improving speed and ultimately helping strikers become more effective on the counter-attack. 

The evoKnit sock once again delivers a snug, comfortable fit, while it’s also worth noting that the laces are extremely customisable (although not to the extent of the Future). These are arguably the most comfortable boots on this list actually, while Puma have also placed a big focus on improving lateral support.

Top Colourways:

Puma One “Anthem” (Red/Black), Puma One “Rush” (Yellow/Black/White), Puma One “City Pack” (Black/Blue), Puma One “Eclipse” (Black). 

Who Wears Puma 5.1 Boots?

Sergio Aguero, Olivier Giroud, Mario Balotelli, Maxim Choupo-Moting, Artiz Aduriz. 

So that’s it. These are the best football boots for strikers right now. Sure, there’s plenty of other great boots out there to choose from - such as the adidas Nemeziz or New Balance Furon - but these ones are firmly top of the class. 

If you fancy getting your hands on any of these lethal models, then make sure to compare prices at FOOTY.COM. We make it easier to find cheap football boots, so you don’t have to spend a fortune just because these are the best boots around! 

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