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Lionel Messi launches adidas competition to design his next pair of F50 boots

Make them dazzle! Barca superstar Messi wants fans to design his next pair of boots

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 25 October 2012

Lionel Messi has challenged football fans to come up with the design for his latest pair of boots.

The Barcelona superstar wears the F50 'boot with a brain' – the studs Sportsmail exclusively revealed last November – which records the forward's every move from a small data chip inserted in the sole.

The 25-year-old, who is rumoured to be launching his own brand of boots next year, will wear the custom made pair in December but wants them to dazzle – just like he does on the pitch.

Boot room: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wants fans to design his next pair of F50s

Boot room: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wants fans to design his next pair of F50s

'In football you express yourself with your feet,' said Argentina international Messi.

'Knowing that your boots are unique makes you feel special and makes you play with more confidence.

'I’m excited to see the designs that my fans create for me and I look forward to playing in them.'

But boot makers adidas might want to keep the news from Martin O'Neill.

The Sunderland boss recently became the latest manager to speak out against brightly coloured boots and urged players to return to the old-style black boots.

He said: 'When they were introduced, I remember Alan Ball wore a pair of white boots. Of course, he thought he was a great player and, to be fair, he was.

Make the dazzle: Messi wants his next design to shine like his performances on the pitch

Make the dazzle: Messi wants his next design to shine like his performances on the pitch

'But to wear really luminous boots you had to be a really good player, but nowadays you don’t have to be a good one to wear them.

'I would love if it came back to just wearing black boots. It would be great. I wore black boots. I certainly wouldn’t have worn orange!

'Under Cloughie, we were allowed two pairs of boots every season and then you had to buy your own after that. Honestly.

'We had to go down to a place in Nottingham called Redmayne & Todd with a chit and buy your boots. And if the boots you wanted were more expensive, you had to put some extra money to it. And we’d only won the European Cup — twice.’

Other Premier League managers share O'Neill's views, including QPR boss Mark Hughes.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes

Old school: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill and QPR manager Mark Hughes (R) prefer traditional black boots

He said: 'When I played you kept the one pair that you broke in and you wanted to last for the season. At the moment it seems if the boot company says you’ve got to wear green ones one week then you have to wear green ones. It comes from the boot company rather than the player.'

Everton boss David Moyes said: ‘I’m a traditionalist, so it is black boots for me. If you are a centre half, you can’t wear anything other than black.'

And Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, said: ‘I don’t like these flashy boots. But I won’t be too critical. I don’t want a big wall between me and the players.

'If they feel they should play in pink then they should. On the other hand I always tell them that I feel they play better with black boots. We always played in black boots.'

Fans can create a unique pair of adidas adizero f50s for Messi by visiting the new miadidas configurator at www.miadidas.com and submitting their designs.

Aaron Lennon celebrates scoring for Spurs: Image of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Lennon celebrates scoring for Spurs against Aston Villa at White Lart Lane

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UPDATED:

12:25 GMT, 8 October 2012

Aaron Lennon jumps for joy after scoring the second goal for Tottenham in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

You can see Lennon jumping in front of the crowd and I gave this a vintage feel because apart from his kit, this picture looks like it could have been taken 20 years ago.

Camera Data
Nikon D3
Lens 70-200mm
Exposure 1/640 at F4, ISO 640

Image of the week: Aaron Lennon celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Aston Villa

Lukas Podolski at Arsenal training ground – Andy Hooper image of the week

Andy Hooper's image of the week: Podolski celebrates… at Arsenal's training ground

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UPDATED:

15:25 GMT, 1 October 2012

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image of the week.

Last week I photographed Lukas Podolski at Arsenal's training ground as a preview for their game against Chelsea.

As Lukas was walking towards me, someone shouted 'here come’s a live one' and thankfully he wanted to play up for the camera.

Here he is celebrating a goal – I wanted one foot positioned on the manhole cover and the arrow on the wall pointing towards his head.

Camera data
Nikon D4
Lens 24mm-70mm
Exposure 1/200th of a second at F13, ISO 50.

Lukas Podolski at Arsenal training ground - Andy Hooper image of the week

Lukas Podolski at Arsenal training ground – Andy Hooper image of the week

Andy Hooper: My favourite picture of the week

Andy Hooper: My favourite picture of the week

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UPDATED:

21:33 GMT, 1 July 2012

Feeling like a champion: Lukas Rosol celebrates his victory over Rafael Nadal

Feeling like a champion: Lukas Rosol
celebrates his victory over Rafael Nadal

Here we are in the second round and Lukas Rosol provides a better celebration image than we sometimes get from the final.

This is the split second he realises he has won.

Beating the world No 2 Rafa Nadal was the achievement of the week.

It was a mammoth match that went on for three hours 19 minutes.

I thought Nadal would come back and win but Rosol kept up his incredibly high standards.

I was taking action pictures all through the game but really I was waiting for this moment.

At match point some players jump, some fall to their knees others turn away to hide their emotion.

If he had jumped he would have been out of the frame but fortunately he sank to his knees.

After what must have been a gruelling match he still looks fresh faced as though he could happily do it all again!

Camera Data

Nikon D4 and 300mm lens Exposure. 1/800th of a second at F2.8, ISO 1250.

Scott Parker: My image of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My image of the week – Scott Parker squares up to John Mikel Obi at Wembley

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UPDATED:

07:58 GMT, 16 April 2012

Sports photography is not always about capturing goals and celebrations – it’s also about passion and intensity. This image of Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker squaring up to Chelsea's John Mikel Obi is a perfect example.

Six goals and plenty of controversial incidents in the FA Cup semi-final – you can always rely on a London derby to provide brilliant images.

Camera data
Nikon D3
Lens 400mm f2.8
Exposure 1/800th of a sec at F2.8
ISO 1250

Scott Parker squares up to John Mikel Obi

London 2012 Olympics: Scott Moorhouse image of the week – by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week…. Paralympian Scott Moorhouse

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UPDATED:

09:07 GMT, 2 April 2012

Each
week, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin
Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image.

Andy chooses this capture of Scott Moorhouse.

I spent a day in the studio with six paralympic athletes and took this picture at the very end of the session when we were all fooling around.

After several hours photographing the athletes in their competition kit, suits and dresses, Scott Moorhouse, a paralympic javelin thrower, was showing off and we produced this fun image.

He looks happy and carefree – far removed from the serious business of training.

Camera data
Nikon D3
Lens 24-70mm
Exposure- 1/200th of a sec at F13
ISO 100

Picture of the week: Paralympic javelin thrower Scott Moorhouse

Juan Mata scores against Chelsea – Andy Hooper"s image of the week

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Juan Mata picks me out at Napoli

Each
week, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin
Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image.

Andy chooses this capture of Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

Juan Mata celebrates his goal for Chelsea against Napoli in the Champions League last week.

Mata struck in the 26th minute and jumped in the air to celebrate. At the time, I assumed it would be the image on the back page of the paper the following morning.

That wasn't the case however, as Napoli went on to score three goals to beat Chelsea convincingly in the first leg of their last 16 tie. The paper instead used my image of an under pressure Andre Villas-Boas.

This image of Mata is still my favourite though. It makes me smile because I unusually sat out wide and it was almost as if Mata came to find me before jumping in the air.

Camera Data
Nikon D3
Lens 70-200mm
Exposure
1/640th of a second at F2.8
Iso 2000

Juan nil: Mata celebrates his opener against Napoli in the Champions League

Louis Smith – Andy Hooper"s image of the week

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… gymnast Louis Smith

Each
week, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper, Graham Chadwick and Kevin
Quigley will be showcasing their favourite image of the week.

Andy chooses this capture of gymnast Louis Smith as his standout selection…

Concentration is the name of the game as gymnast Louis Smith practices on the parallel bars at his Huntingdon gym.

I have used three large location lights to control the light and make Louis stand out from the black background.

As far as composition goes I wanted to use the two bars to divide the picture and create symmetry, the eye is then drawn to Louis in the middle making him the most important element of the picture.

I like the fact that this shot is simple, symmetric and without colour. his, along with the low camera angle, accentuates his power.

Camera data
Nikon D3
Lens 24-70mm
Exposure 1/200th of a sec at F6.3
ISO 100

Louis Smith by Andy Hooper