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Over 400 talented young footballers competed to be titled ‘Most deadly striker’ and the Indian football legend was impressed with the talent on show.

Nike held the India final of the Hypervenom Knockout for young footballers on Sunday 29th September to find the most deadly striker from over 400 candidates in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

The 12 finalists were put through their paces in a unique 1-on-1 format that tested their agility and speed to reach the finals held at the grounds of FCBEscola.

Nike athlete and Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia watched the finals as Nirvair Nair was branded the ‘Most deadly striker’ of the Hypervenom India Knockout. Nair was awarded the opportunity to be equipped with Nike gear for a year.

Speaking at the India finals, Bhaichung Bhutia said “The desire and promise that I saw in these young players was very encouraging; we need to have such tournaments frequently for these young footballers to continue growing and test themselves against the best in their age groups.”

The Hypervenom boot features a NIKESKIN upper that fits to the foot to aid touch and control.  In a game that is always changing, the Nike Football design team created the boot with feedback from top players including Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who specifically need a boot that can help them create space quickly in and around the penalty area to get their shot off from any angle.

During the development of the Hypervenom, players discussed the increased agility of opponents, referencing today’s best defenders who are now as quick, agile and skillful as many of the world’s best forwards.

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