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Top five footballers who represent Nike as brand ambassadors in 2022

Published at :February 28, 2021 at 11:53 PM
Modified at :August 3, 2022 at 8:42 PM
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Some of the top players in world are sponsored by the sportswear giant.

Nike, one of the giants of the global sports industry, have been long represented by a few of the most renowned footballers in the world. Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Carles Puyol, Thierry Henry, Paolo Maldini and Luis Figo were few of the players who ruled the sport while being sponsored by the American company.

Although the list isn't restricted to only football, Serena Williams and Lebron James have also been flag-bearers of Nike in their respective sports.

Popularly associated with their slogan of "Just Do It," let's take a look at the top five footballers who wear Nike apparels.

5. Bruno Fernandes

The man who is leading the charts for Manchester United, both on and off the field, plays wearing Nike's Mercurial Vapor XIV soccer cleats. The midfielder has been sensational since signing for Manchester United. The Portuguese star took the Premier League by storm. He has established himself as one of the biggest names in the English top flight.

In addition, he is valued roughly between €120-150m. The Manchester united star wore the Nike Mercurial Vapor XIII Elite when he scored his first goal for United.

4. Kevin De Bruyne

Ever since the departure of David Silva, Manchester City's driving force in midfield has been Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian player has been one of the best players in the Premier League since making his return to the Premier League with Manchester City. He has also been a key ingredient in the Belgium national team over the last couple of years. Lastly, the Belgium midfielder will be looking to continue his form in the Premier League 2022-23.

3. Robert Lewandowski

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Lewandowski joined Barcelona in the summer of 2022 (Courtesy –  Barcelona)

The Polish goal machine has been sponsored by Nike since 2013. Lewandowski won the Bundesliga for 8 successive seasons, he also won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with Bayern Munich. In the summer of 2022, the Polish striker moved to Spanish giants Barcelona.

2. Kylian Mbappe

The way Haaland and Kylian Mbappe's rivalry is turning out, it is good for Nike, isn't it? Many experts and pundits believe that these two players have that 'X-Factor' to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and it is impressive that both the stars are with Nike!

The France international wears Nike's Mercurial Superfly VIII Elite soccer cleats which are of the same type as those of Bruno Fernandes and Erling Haaland - built for speed. The Mercurial range is designed for pacey forwards.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of only three players who have signed a lifetime contract with Nike. The other two? Lebron James and Michael Jordan. Ronaldo's deal is worth a $1billion and proved to be a landmark shift in marketing strategies in the industry. Above all, Ronaldo wears Mercurial Superfly VIII Elite soccer cleats to have 360° fit with the micro-textured Flyknit upper construction and ACC coating for barefoot-level ball control and consistent performance even in wet conditions.

In fact, the winger has been known for his choice of boots over the years. Always featuring the latest variants that Nike have produced with his association.