Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima—otherwise known as the original Rolando, R9, or Il Fenomeno—was one of the deadliest strikers to play the game. A FIFA World Cup winner that racked up the goals for many of Europe’s top teams, Ronaldo was a Nike athlete and the early face of the Mercurial boot silo. Much like Cristiano Ronaldo today, he often had a signature “player edition” of the latest Mercurial in an exclusive colorway.
We all know how much Nike loves to infuse retro classics with new designs and technologies (hello, Jordan). This time, it’s the R9 Mercurial’s turn for a modern update: the Nike Air Max Mercurial R9. The new shoe preserves its shape and colorway but sits atop an Air Max bubble. Reflective detailing make this on-pitch classic ready for the streets.