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Nike Celebrates Cristiano Ronaldo's Season with Personalized CR Mercurial IX

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the vainest footballer of them all? Many would say Cristiano Ronaldo, but many would also say that his record smashing season in Spain's La Liga last year is reason enough for CR to not only deserve an inflated ego, but perhaps even the title of the world's best player, which will be announced on January 7. In addition to also being his jersey number, the number seven also plays a key role in this pair of special edition, personalized CR Mercurial IX's, which Nike commissioned to celebrate CR's achievements during the 2011/12 season. In addition to a matte black finish with an orange-bound CR7 graphic on the medial heel, Nike lists 7 numbers representing his accomplishments on the pitch on the lateral side, including: his 1st Spanish league title, 9 goals scored for Portugal, 14 national team caps, the first player to score against all 19 La Liga teams in a season, his age (27), and 60 goals scored in 55 club matches. CR will wear these new cleats in his next match on Sunday, January 6, which will then be followed by the release of 100 pairs of the CR Mercurial IX in white at and other select football retailers beginning February 7.

Release Date: February 7th, 2013 (Thursday)