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The evolution of Lionel Messi's boots

Throughout Lionel Messi’s career, his relationship with adidas has been a near-constant. The Argentine has been with the Three Stripes since he was a teenager, and launched a number of exclusive boots with the brand. His various adidas releases have celebrated everything from Ballon d’Or wins to the birth of his children.

It wasn’t always like this, though.

Before he signed with adidas, Messi made his first steps in professional football wearing the Nike Swoosh. Even as a teenager, the hype was evident, leading to a court case and an eventual move to adidas.

More than 15 years later, he’s committed to a lifetime deal with the brand.

From his Nike roots to his own adidas line, this is how Messi’s boots have evolved through the course of his career...

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