adidas, in an ode to footballing legend, Lionel Messi, has crafted a new pair of soccer cleats adorned with the emblem of the GOAT – the Greatest Of All Time. Though it remains uncertain if these shoes are a limited edition, the inclusion of the GOAT symbol gives them an exclusivity befitting of a collectible or a choice pair for pivotal matches.
Many would assume Messi deserved a respite after his incredible performances in the World Cup. Picture it: The stress of leading Argentina, especially after their initial setback against Saudi Arabia. A lesser athlete might be tempted to rest on their laurels, but not Messi.
Since joining MLS’s Inter Miami, he’s surpassed every expectation. Every motion, every free kick, every foot pass – it’s artistry. The ball, often appearing as if tethered to his left foot, begs undivided attention. With Messi on the field, you’re always on the cusp of witnessing footballing magic. And his magic isn’t sporadic; it’s relentless. A game-by-game spectacle fueled by sheer determination and a burning will to win. One glance into those intensely focused eyes and it’s clear – he’s in it to triumph.
In every match, Messi channels the fervor of La Liga, the Champions League, or a World Cup. It’s as if his mental gears are ceaselessly turning, assessing when to seize the ball, direct a pass, or instruct his Inter Miami team to adapt their strategy.
Following a stint at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi appears to have found his groove again in Miami. While having ex-Barcelona mates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, coupled with the leadership of coach Tata Martino certainly aids, it’s Messi’s scoring, assisting, and unparalleled drive that certifies him as the GOAT.
Off the pitch, he’s been instrumental, whether assisting teammates with elusive Inter Miami tickets or graciously sharing captaincy duties with DeAndre Yedlin. There’s a palpable joy in his play, perhaps most evident when collaborating with rising stars like Benjamin Cremaschi. Such camaraderie, alongside his World Cup victory, sets Messi apart from contemporaries like Cristiano Ronaldo.
The new ‘Las Estrellas’ cleats from Adidas encapsulate Messi’s legacy. The heel of the shoe features three stars, signifying Argentina’s trio of World Cup titles, intertwined with Messi’s logo, his iconic number 10, and that defining GOAT emblem. Primarily white, the boots are punctuated with Adidas’ signature stripes in Argentina’s light blue and a radiant chrome touch at the back – alluding to Messi’s royalty in the realm of football.
Yet, above all design elements, it’s the GOAT emblem that truly stands out. It’s a testament to a simple, undisputed fact: in the footballing world, Messi remains peerless.
This article is in collaboration with John C.