Like Cristiano Ronaldo, azulejo tiles are a Portuguese national treasure. For the Nike Zoom Mercurial Superfly 9 Elite CR7, we took visual inspiration from the Portuguese icons to show what can be achieved when one dedicates themselves to the craft. Now loaded with a soccer-specific Zoom Air unit, you can put the pedal down in the waning minutes of a match—when it matters most.
Azulejo Inspiration The allover, 1-of-a-kind graphic on the upper pays tribute to some of CR7’s past cleats in an azulejo pattern. Welcome to the Field, Zoom For the first time in our history, Nike has developed an all-new, soccer-specific 3/4 Zoom Air unit. It sits in the plate and provides an additional level of springy underfoot feel that helps you move faster on the field and create separation when it matters the most—whether you're scoring goals, being first to the ball or going by defenders. Drive Your Speed The speed cage inside of the structure is made of a thin but strong material that secures the foot to the outsole without adding additional weight for optimal lockdown. Dig In, Take Off Tri-star studs provide multidirectional traction with every step, so you can change directions quickly and confidently. Heel studs provide traction and stability when braking. Toe-off center studs give you traction during explosive starts. Improved Fit Flyknit wraps your ankle in soft, stretchy fabric for a secure feel. A redone design improves the fit, so that it better simulates the foot. We did this by conducting multiple wear tests on hundreds of athletes. The result is a more contoured toe box and better lockdown in the heel. Feel the Ball The upper is made of Vaporposite+, which combines a grippy, grid mesh with a premium material for optimal ball control at high speeds. The material provides a tactile feel across the surface of the upper. It’s soft, but stable and wraps tightly around your foot, giving you a more natural on-ball feel when dribbling, passing or scoring.