When Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United, he was a skinny teenager with potential. United became his football University, emerging as the world class talent we see today.
Expecting to wear his number from Sporting Lisbon, CR7 was granted the iconic number 7 at Man U. The likes of Best,Cantona and Beckham before him.
“Alex Ferguson said to me: ‘Listen, I want you to take number seven,’” recalls Ronaldo. “I was surprised because I knew the guys who had worn that shirt.”
Not only did Ronaldo learn football there, he also turned his body into a machine. Becoming the beast we see before us today. “In the five years that I was there, I learned the art of football. We won many things together. It was a dream for me,” says Ronaldo.
These transformative years provide the inspiration for Ronaldo’s Chapter 4: Forged for Greatness boots. The design is a nod to hot iron being forged into shape. Molten-esque orange and red gradients on the plate transition into metallic tones of the color-shifting upper. The CR7 logo on the medial side features a prominent 7 against tonal CR lettering to highlight his shift to the number seven shirt during these years. The heel counter features the Roman numerals for 28, Ronaldo’s previous number, with the VII of the XVIII highlighted to reference the emergence of seven from 28.
CR7 Chapter 4: Forged for Greatness boots will be available in Superfly, Vapor and NikeFootballX versions on April 10.