Toni Kroos’ old Adidas 11pro boots damaged in Champions League final
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos appeared to damage a pair of his beloved Adidas Adipure 11pro during Saturday night’s Champions League final against Liverpool.
The German international has been wearing the same brand of shoes since the start of the 2013/2014 season.
He clearly feels at home with the Adidas classics. In fact, his Los Blancos teammate Gareth Bale once revealed that protector Kroos cleans his Adipure himself before every game.
“We think he doesn’t trust the kitman to clean them up,” Bale said. “So he always cleans them himself to make them perfect.”
In an interview with GOAL last year, the 32-year-old World Cup winner spoke lyrically about his tools of choice.
“My boots? The truth is, it’s a bit special,” Kroos said. “I haven’t seen another Real Madrid player who cleans his boots every day and prepares them like this.
“My shoes are the most important thing for me on the pitch, more than for other players.”
But in last weekend’s final against Liverpool, a pair of his old Adipure 11pro were on the verge of being unplayable, with a huge tear visible in several frames after the full-time whistle. Check out his left boot below.
Thai football boot experts Under Stats spotted the tear in Kroos’ boots while celebrating with team-mate Luka Modric at the Stade de France, and posted the following image on Facebook.
“I noticed the upper was scratched and starting to tear, including the floor of the boot.” they wrote.
As you can see in the images below, the sole of the shoe is also partly broken.
Ahead of the final in Paris, Kroos received a brand new pair of 11 pros, complete with stitching details of the Champions League final fixture, including when and where it will take place.
But instead of wearing the new design, the German decided to use his old faithful inside the Stade de France.
“Winning the Champions League is always difficult and often dramatic,” Kroos told Sport 1 after the final whistle.
“Perhaps this year has been particularly dramatic, but for me, the five [Champions League] the securities have the same value. But if I’m being honest, maybe the Champions League I least expected to win out of the five.”