There is an instant respect amongst professional athletes, an understanding of what it takes to become a professional in your chosen craft. There is a select club only few are part of, the individuals who transcend into greatness. Icons and heroes for their performance on their pitch/court. The greats come together and admire one another as they can lay claim to being the greatest of their generation in their sport.
When the iconic No23 wants to collaborate, it’s a decision that needs no thought. Neymar might be the one of the greatest footballers of his generation, but he is like you and me when it comes to Air Jordan: he is a fan. Like us he grew up idolising Mike for his achievements on the court but like any young man wearing Jordans off the pitch.
“Michael Jordan set the standard for greatness,” says Neymar Jr. “He’s an incredible competitor and a champion. I’ve always admired him, so to collaborate with him and have his icon on my boots means a great deal to me.”
For Michael he sees a bit of himself in the young Brazilian “I’m excited that Neymar and the Jordan Brand are working together,” said Michael Jordan. “I’m a fan of his creativity, style and passion for the game of soccer. He’s a special player and I look forward to this collaboration.”
Speaking about the collaboration “The Jordan V is very iconic and has the fighter jet shark teeth on the front,” explains Nathan VanHook, Nike Football Sr. Design Director, “and the Hypervenom II that Neymar Jr. wears has an almost modernized version of that feature, so we took those elements and put them together.”
First released in the iconic black/red/cement colourway, the away white is now the next colourway to drop. In addition to the Hypervenom and Jordan V, the NJR x JORDAN collection includes apparel and a football training shoe.