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What Were The Best Boots Of World Cup 2014?

It was described as one of the most exciting World Cup tournaments in years and in total, it brought no fewer than 171 goals. Players were seen in some of the latest and most futuristic boots on the market and to see just which brands and models performed the best, we’ll take an in-depth look at the tournament through this next blog post.

Top World Cup Scorers

His team may have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the tournament, but this didn’t stop Colombia’s James Rodriguez from picking up the Golden Boot award. Rodriguez scored six goals through the World Cup and like most of the other top scorers, he did this whilst wearing the Adidas F50 Adizero boots.

  Player Goals Boot
1 James Rodriguez 6 Adidas F50 Adizero

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2 Thomas Muller 5 Adidas F50 Adizero

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3 Neymar 4 Nike Hypervenom

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4 Lionel Messi 4 Adidas F50 Adizero Messi

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5 Robin van Persie 4 Adidas F50 Adizero

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Neymar was the only man from the top five scorers who wasn't wearing a pair of the F50 Adizero range. Instead, he relied on the Nike Hypervenom Golden Dream boots. We should also note that Lionel Messi has his own range of the Adidas F50 Adizero, with the style of the laces being slightly different to suit this year's player of the tournament.

Top Performing Brands and Models

In total there were ten different brands on the feet of World Cup players this summer, but only five were associated with a goal. The likes of Umbro, Under Armour, Lotto, Diadora and Concorde made up a minority of the boot market in the tournament, but none of these manufacturers were linked to a goal. Instead, the following five enjoyed the most success in this regard:

While most of the top scorers may have been wearing Adidas boots, or specifically the Adizero F50 model, Nike was the “top scorer" with its players contributing 74 goals to the tournament.. As you can see, the standings are absolutely dominated by the two manufacturers, with 3rd place Puma being a long way off with eight goals. Six of these goals came from the Puma Evopower, with former Premier League pair Asamoah Gyan and Mario Balotelli being two players who wore these boots.

If we turn to the top five boot models in the tournament, it's again Nike and Adidas who are dominate the charts. No other brand comes close, with the Adidas Adizero F50 unsurprisingly taking top prize with its players scoring no fewer than 46 goals through the event. Next in line is the Nike Mercurial, which falls ten goals short of the winner.

  Goals Boot
1 46 Adidas F50 Adizero

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2 36 Nike Mercurial

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3 21 Adidas Predator

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4 17 Nike Hypervenom

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5 14 Nike Magista

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Even though Adidas may have won the battle overall, some of the other brands will also be pleased with how they fared. Warrior boots may have only contributed three goals to the tournament, but the fact just five men wore such boots is obviously a very good return for the company. When you consider that a member of the Nike family, the Tiempo, contributed just six goals from 107 players in the tournament its clear that some of these smaller gains are still very positive and represent a successful tournament for them.