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Cristiano Ronaldo New nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots

Ronaldo's new boots: He may not have celebrated in Champions League triumph over United, but he still loves to win

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

09:59 GMT, 29 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:05 GMT, 29 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo might have displayed his love for Manchester United when dumping his old side out of the Champions league with Real Madrid, but his new boots reveal he might not have been so loved-up if Sir Alex Ferguson's side had triumphed.

His signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star's 'love to win, hate to lose' logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big 'X' through it.

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

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Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

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Brightly-coloured with neon yellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo's squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike 'swoosh' – referencing his cheetah-like pace.

The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star's success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.

Jose Mourinho's side continue to be off
the pace in the Spanish La Liga – they sit 13 points behind Barcelona,
just one point ahead of city rivals Atletico.

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

However, a Champions League quarter-final clash with Galatasary – pitting Ronaldo against Didier Drogba – makes the Spanish giants favourite to progress.

United fans hoping for a romantic return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo can be pleased with their idol's new footwear, as it features Nike's All Conditions Control technology – meaning they are just at home in the pouring Manchester rain as the balmy Madrid sun.

The boots are part of a whole collection with the same design, featuring training wear, casual clothes and a matching ball, and is out April 11.

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

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Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Lance Armstrong reputation goes up in smoke (again!) … 30ft effigy of disgraced cyclist unveiled for Bonfire Night

Lance Armstrong's reputation goes up in smoke (again!) … 30ft effigy of disgraced cyclist unveiled for Bonfire Night

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 31 October 2012

An effigy of Lance Armstrong will be burned by the famous Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent on Saturday, after being picked as this year's 'Celebrity Guy.'

Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for alleged doping, was chosen over a number of celebrities and politicians, including Jimmy Savile and George Osborne.

The 30ft effigy (pictured below), complete with a 'Jim Fixed It For Me' Jim'll Fix It medallion, has been produced by local artist and member of Edenbridge Bonfire Society Frank Shepherd.

Armstrong's selection completes a sporting hat-trick at Edenbridge. Last year Mario Balotelli was selected after it emerged he'd be setting off fireworks in his bathroom and the year before Wayne Rooney was burned after his explosive contract dispute with Manchester United.

Other previous effigies have included
Katie Price, Saddam Hussein and Tony Blair at the event, which takes
place in Edenbridge, 12 miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Feeling the burn: Artist Frank Shepherd of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society puts the finishing touches to a giant effigy of American cyclist Lance Armstrong, which will be burnt on Saturday

Feeling the burn: Artist Frank Shepherd of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society puts the finishing touches to a giant effigy of American cyclist Lance Armstrong, which will be burnt on Saturday

Going down in flames: Shepherd included a Jim'll Fix It medallion in reference to the Jimmy Savillle scandal and a Nike swoosh. Nike until recently stuck by disgraced Armstrong

Going down in flames: Shepherd included a Jim'll Fix It medallion in reference to the Jimmy Savillle scandal and a Nike swoosh. Nike until recently stuck by disgraced Armstrong

Frank Shepherd puts the final touches to his creation of Lance Armstrong who has been unveiled as this year's Edenbridge Bonfire Society celebrity guy

Lance Armstrong in 2010

Dubious honour: The effigy Armstrong (left) and the real Lance on his bike in 2010 (right)

Bookmaker William Hill were taking bets on who this year's bonfire would be.

Hill spokesman Mark Young told International Business Times: 'Lance Armstrong is certainly the biggest villain in sport, with fans across the globe feeling cheated by a man who was thought to be whiter than white.'

Armstrong became embroiled in a cheating scandal after it was alleged he used performance enhancing drugs to win cycling races. He has since been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

2011 Guy: Man City striker Mario Balotelli was 'honoured' for his use of fireworks in his bathroom

2011 Guy: Man City striker Mario Balotelli was 'honoured' for his use of fireworks in his bathroom

2010 Guy: Wayne Rooney was chosen after his contract dispute with Manchester United. Artist Frank Shepherd cheekily gave him Shrek's neck and ears due to Rooney likeness to film character

2009 'Guy': Or rather doll, Katie Price featuring the faces of former husband Peter Andre and current partner Alex Reid

2010 Guy and 2009 Doll: Wayne Rooney (left) was chosen after his contact dispute with Manchester United – he was also given the neck and ears of Shrek due to his perceived likeness to the film character. Katie Price (right) was selected in 2009 after splitting from husband Peter Andre

Price is right: Jordan featuring the faces of former husband Peter Andre and current partner Alex Reid in 2009

Price is right: Jordan featuring the faces of former husband Peter Andre and current partner Alex Reid in 2009

Jon Mitchell, from the Edenbridge Bonfire Society, said that there has been some celebrity interest in the event, which dates back to the 1930s.

He said that in 2006, flamboyant racing pundit John McCririck was picked as the Celebrity Guy, and has since become quite involved in the process.

'Over the past few years, John McCririck has come up with suggestions [for which celebrity to burn]. One year he suggested Cliff Richard.'

Last year's Celebrity Guy was Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli because he had recently had an accident with fireworks at his home.

Mitchell admitted in 2011 they wanted to add 'a little Premier League balance' after burning Manchester United striker Rooney last year.

He added: 'Now we will probably have upset the whole of Manchester, not just the United fans.'

The society is a non-profit organisation and money raised from collections on the night is donated to 'local worthy causes'. In recent years, the event has generated almost 50,000 for charity.

Umbro over – end of an era for England kits

End of an era as England prepare to wave goodbye to Umbro kits in favour of Nike

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 11 October 2012

It is the brand more intimately associated with the
immortal moments of football than any other.

When Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers contested the
Matthews Final in 1953, they did so wearing Umbro. When a 17-year-old Pele
entered the world stage at the World Cup in 1958, he did so in Umbro tailoring.

When Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy for
England in 1966, he wore a red Umbro shirt, and when Celtic and Manchester
United pioneered European club success for Britain in the sixties, they were
head to toe in Umbro.

Thing of the past: There will be no more Umbro kit launches for England as Nike take over kit supply from next year

Thing of the past: There will be no more Umbro kit launches for England as Nike take over kit supply from next year

When Banks made that improbable save in 1970, when Gazza
wept, when Butcher bled, when Southgate failed and when Beckham kicked out – it
was all in Umbro attire.

But for the brand once described as the ‘Dior of the football
world’ a slow and sad end is nigh.

The company that in 1966 kitted out 15 of the 16 World
Cup competitors and at their peak catered for 85 per cent of the English league
has been consumed in the global sportswear arms race between Nike and Adidas.

From next year, this once proud institution will sew and
stitch for only Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Last few contracts: Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers are two of the few remaining clubs supplied by Umbro

Last few contracts: Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers are two of the few remaining clubs supplied by Umbro

Since Nike acquired Umbro for 377m in 2008, it has been
a matter of time before the famous diamond logo is replaced by the swoosh on
the strips of their greatest asset – the England national team.

And sure enough, from next year, that’s what we will see.
Friday night’s World Cup qualifier at San Marino will be one of the last times
Wembley sees England play in Umbro kit.

Not only does the change mean the thousands of England
fans who have forked out upwards of 40 for their replica shirts will have to
dig deep again, but it means the severing of a proud 58-year association
between Umbro and the Three Lions.

Aside from a decade of Admiral kits between 1974 and
1984, England have worn Umbro since 1954.

Revolutionary: Billy Wright models a v-necked England jersey in 1954

Revolutionary: Billy Wright models a v-necked England jersey in 1954

It also means the last stitch for a company founded in
the back room of a pub in Wilmslow, Cheshire by a young tailor called Harold
Humphreys inspired by the White Horse Cup Final of 1923.

Shortly after the Nike buy-out, Umbro signed a fresh
nine-year deal to supply the national side but a combination of the Recession,
England’s abject form and the ruthless price war between retailers like Sports
Direct and JJB Sports has meant the 20m-a-year tie-up just hasn’t worked.

So Nike, to save face and money, is to pinch Umbro’s one
remaining crown jewel. Come the World
Cup in Brazil, England will just look the same as everyone else.

MEMORABLE ENGLAND
MOMENTS IN UMBRO

1966 – These
were halcyon days for the Umbro brand, with 85 per cent of English clubs
supplied by them. Before the World Cup finals in England, John Humphreys, son
of founder Harold, travelled to each of the participating countries and agreed
a kit deal with all but one. So there was an excellent chance that the winners
of the tournament would be wearing the brand. As we know, the winners were
England, and the image of Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in an
elegant and simple red jersey has become one of the most iconic of all-time.
England were in their change colours because West Germany were the designated
‘home’ team in the format of the competition.

Top of the world: England won the Jules Rimet Trophy in their change colours of red in 1966

Top of the world: England won the Jules Rimet Trophy in their change colours of red in 1966

1970 – With
the 1970 finals to be held in Mexico, Sir Alf Ramsey had concerns that the
traditional shirt materials would be unsuitable in the sticky heat and so he
ordered Umbro to manufacture a new set of kits from Aertex, a lightweight
material designed for hot climates. Accordingly, England wore all-white
throughout the tournament, with goalkeeper Gordon Banks in a blue top when he
made that iconic save from Pele. The legendary striker got Moore’s shirt after
the game as this famous photo shows.

Iconic image: A touching moment of mutual appreciation between Pele and Bobby Moore... and a swap of Umbro shirts

Iconic image: A touching moment of mutual appreciation between Pele and Bobby Moore… and a swap of Umbro shirts

1986 – After a
brief change to Admiral kits, Umbro was back as the England kit supplier by the
time of the next World Cup in Mexico in 1986. Again they faced a challenge to
make a shirt that would not hinder the players in the extreme heat. So Umbro
used a lightweight, ventilated fabric, removed the cuffs and opted for a shadow
stripe design. The kit perhaps saved England from sweating, but it couldn’t
save them from the Hand of God.

Classic kit: Gary Lineker and Peter Beardsley after England's 3-0 win over Paraguay at the 1986 World Cup

Classic kit: Gary Lineker and Peter Beardsley after England's 3-0 win over Paraguay at the 1986 World Cup

1989 and 1990 – /10/11/article-0-0032C7AC00000258-191_634x763.jpg” width=”634″ height=”763″ alt=”That'll need washing: A blood-stained Terry Butcher after England qualified for the World Cup in 1990 by drawing against Sweden” class=”blkBorder” />

That'll need washing: A blood-stained Terry Butcher after England qualified for the World Cup in 1990 by drawing against Sweden

1996 – The year
football came home and another tournament of heartbreak for England. Umbro
released a kit with a faint stripe and collar in two shades of blue. For the
first time, patches were worn on the sleeves and numbers on the front as well
as the shorts. But Umbro weren’t fooling anyone with the grey dishwater away
kit, which they branded as ‘Indigo’ with flashes of red. It was memorably worn
when England bowed out to Germany on penalties at the semi-final stage.

Feeling the blues: Dejection as England lose to Germany on penalties again in 1996

Feeling the blues: Dejection as England lose to Germany on penalties again in 1996

1998 – The home
strip for the World Cup in 1998 continued the established palette of white and
navy, with a splash of red on the buttoned collar and bold side panels. There
were little design features like a mini flag of St George on the collar and the
Umbro logo spelt out as a word was well established by now. The Three Lions
crest was re-done in a lighter blue. In the fateful quarter-final with
Argentina, memorable for Owen’s wonder goal and Beckham’s dismissal, England
wore all white.

Familiar feeling: Changes to the Umbro kit didn't mean a change in England's fortunes at the 1998 World Cup

Familiar feeling: Changes to the Umbro kit didn't mean a change in England's fortunes at the 1998 World Cup

2001 – England
played through the Sven Goran Eriksson era in a smart looking white and navy
kit, but with the addition of a red stripe on the front. When England beat
Germany 5-1 in Munich, they won the right to play in home colours while the
Germans played in green.

All stripe on the night: Steven Gerrard puts England in front in their 5-1 win over Germany in Munich

All stripe on the night: Steven Gerrard puts England in front in their 5-1 win over Germany in Munich

Nike replace Umbro for England kits

FA announce deal with Nike to kit out England as American giants replace Umbro

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UPDATED:

10:47 GMT, 3 September 2012

American sportswear giant Nike will be the new official kit provider for the England football team.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Nike will launch a new England strip as next spring as the Football Association marks its 150th anniversary.

The new kit will be released just a year after the current version went on sale, which in turn replaced one used for just eight games.

Change strip: How the England kit may look with the Nike swoosh

Change strip: How the England kit may look with the Nike swoosh

WHAT THE DEAL INCLUDES
Supplying kit and match-balls to all of Club England’s 24 football teams at every level, including the men’s national teams, women’s, Futsal, disability and amateurSponsorship and support of St. George’s Park, the home of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, which in addition to hosting the England Senior team will train and develop a generation of coaches, referees and medical staff every yearSupporting partner of Wembley Stadium, the home of English footballSupporting partner for The FA Cup, supplying match balls for every round of the world’s most famous cup competitionSupply of product to County FAs

Fans will be reluctant to splash out on yet another replica which commands a price tag of around 50.

The strip could make its debut in the Auld Enemy clash with Scotland at Wembley on August 14.

The contract runs until 31 July 2018 and replaces the deal with Umbro, who Nike bought in 2007 but decided to sell this summer.

And rather than stick with the Manchester-based brand who have supplied England's kit for most of the last 60 years, the FA opted to transfer their allegiance to the parent company before the sale went through.

The FA refused to confirm the value of the deal but it is understood to be at least the same value as the contract signed with Umbro.

It also includes sponsorship rights at the new National Football Centre and Wembley and the supply of match balls for the FA Cup.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: 'I am delighted that the FA has secured this new wide-ranging and comprehensive partnership with Nike.

'It is an extremely exciting time for both parties with the opening of St George's Park this year and The FA's 150th anniversary in 2013.

New order: Rooney and Co are set to be kitted in strips by Nike instead of Umbro

New order: Rooney and Co are set to be kitted in strips by Nike instead of Umbro

'I would also like to place on record
our gratitude to Umbro and their significant contribution to the game,
the FA and England teams, over a 60-year period.'

Nike Brand president Charlie Denson
added: 'The pride and passion of England fans is renowned throughout the
football world and we are delighted to partner with the FA.

'We look forward to supporting England
teams at every level with innovative product technology and playing our
part to help develop the future of English football through our support
of St George's Park.'

Charles Sale: Euro swansong for England"s Umbro deal

Euro swansong for England's Umbro deal

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 7 June 2012

Euro 2012 looks almost certain to be the last tournament at which Umbro have their logo on the England shirts, despite their 20million-a-year contract running until 2018.

FA insiders believe it is only a matter of time before Nike, who are selling off Umbro, start talks to switch the logo to their ‘Swoosh’.

All change: Umbro set to lose their long-standing England agreement

All change: Umbro set to lose their long-standing England agreement

Nike have the choice of offering Umbro for sale with or without the marquee England property but the second option is regarded as far more likely — with the change happening around the launch of the next England shirt next spring.

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The FA, who had no warning of their long-term kit suppliers being ditched, will not be complaining if Nike extend the deal and offer more money — as was the case with Manchester City, who will be making the Umbro-Nike transition for the 2013-14 season.

Rival bid

There is plenty of acrimony between football conference rivals Leaders in Football and Soccerex. So it will cause concern at Leaders, run by James Worrell, that the 65 per cent shareholding of collapsed Russian-owned Convers Sports that is being sold off by the administrators is interesting the Duncan Revie-run Soccerex. Worrell left them to set up the opposition.

Picture this

Despite all of the FA’s admirable on-message branding of the England media centre in a Krakow hotel, the first picture in a montage of entries in Vauxhall’s photographer-of-the-year competition is of Rio Ferdinand, whose non-selection has overshadowed the start of the tournament. A laughing Ferdinand is snapped stage centre of a goal celebration in training.

Jordan Henderson

On the ball

Jordan Henderson (pictured right) still has to win over plenty of sceptics who don’t think he deserves his England place.

So it was a canny PR move for inside-the-camp rolling FATV footage to be shown at the England media centre of the Liverpool midfielder (148 touches) winning a tennis ball keepy-uppy contest against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (136).

Flower power

The Gary Neville influence has already pervaded the England team room at the Hotel Stary, with the Stone Roses being played on the jukebox installed there with snooker and pool tables. Neville is a big enough fan of the Manchester group for frontman Ian Brown to have sung at his testimonial.

Face fits

The love-in between Roy Hodgson and FA chairman David Bernstein included the England manager inviting his boss, plus Club England management and other FA officials, to join him for dinner at the team hotel on their first night in Krakow. This follows Hodgson sitting next to Bernstein on the flight from Luton, as he had on the way back from Oslo after the Norway friendly, as well as being partners on the FA golf day. It adds up to more face time in less than a fortnight than Bernstein would have had with Hodgson’s insular predecessor, Fabio Capello, over 14 months.

What goes around…

The Foreign Office-led decision to boycott the group stages of Euro 2012 in protest over human rights in Ukraine avoids what would have been a spiky encounter with some of the FA party.

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, who met FA members in Rustenburg, South Africa, before England’s opening World Cup match against the USA, has been a vociferous critic of the FA, famously calling football the worst governed sport in the country.

Those same FA blazers were looking forward to challenging Robertson over his department being ‘fit for purpose’ after the travails of beleaguered Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt, who hopes to travel over if England progress.

Kids stuff

One wonders about the FA’s priorities when the main subjects of discussion at the last meeting of the absurd Protocol Committee were a Chelsea request for their FA Cup final seats to be nearer the front of the Royal Box and whether York chairman Jason McGill’s children, who are under the minimum age of 16, should be allowed into Wembley’s VIP suite at the FA Trophy final. They weren’t.