Let’s face it, soccer stars have forever lagged behind their basketball counterparts when it comes to the sneaker game. Performance court creps have filtrated seamlessly into the realms of casual, while the transition from cleat to street has been a slower progression. That being said, proponents of the world game are catching on quicker than you can say ‘rabona’, and they’re not afraid to let the sneakersphere know. Here are some of soccer’s biggest sneakerheads.
Christian Pulisic – USA and Chelsea
Young gun Christian Pulisic is definitely a winner in the sneaker game. A regular courtside at NBA games during the offseason, Pulisic has been seen rocking everything from rare Air Force 1s to Vans Old Skools. He was also one of first pros to put Virgil Abloh's Off-White x Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 into play in an official league match – 'HELL YES'.
Mesut Özil – Germany and Fenerbahçe
The classy German playmaker is known for picking out the perfect pass and splashing his cash. In this walk-through of his London home courtesy of Hypebeast, we caught a glimpse of his opulent taste when as he guided us through his sneaker closet filled with rare Yeezys and UltraBOOSTs. Guess you’ve got to keep that precious left foot cosy off the pitch somehow.
Paul Pogba – France and Manchester United
It takes a special level of clout to get away with having the 'dab' as your trademark goal celebration, but Paul Pogba somehow managed to get away with it. That effortless star appeal has allowed the French midfielder to front adidas' latest Predator boot campaign and release his own line of football-inspired adidas streetwear. Naturally, you can spot him flexing the latest Yeezys on the regular, occasionally switching things up for classic Stan Smiths.
Neymar Jr. – Brazil and Paris Saint Germain
It goes without saying that Neymar Jr. is football's frontrunner when it comes to the sneaker game. The face behind Jordan Brand's first-ever soccer crossover, he got not only his own signature Air Jordan 5 Low model, but also a special Jordan-branded Hypervenom boot. His sneaker obsession was brought to the fore in 2017, when he appeared on the popular 'Sneaker Shopping with Complex' web series, nonchalantly dropping a record $18,000 in the process. Neymar's move to PUMA made big headlines in 2020, and no doubt meant the star had to make a few changes to his off-field rotation.