The 2018 World Cup is in full swing, with the first round of matches already over. What a better time to take a first look at which soccer cleats dominates the tournament so far, revealing that there is one boot silo that overshadows all others.
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, we already took a look at which brands dominate the 2018 World Cup. Our analysis in cooperation with Football Boots DB revealed that Nike supplies cleats for 465 players (63.4%), with Adidas at just 196 (26.7%). Puma (41), Mizuno (10), Umbro (7), New Balance (6), Under Armour (3), Lotto and Asics (both 2) finish the rankings.
39 goals have been scored in the 18 matches so far. If you followed the coverage of the 2018 World Cup, you might already know that around half of the goals were scored after a set-play. But what might be even more rmerarkable is that 19 of the first 39 goals were scored by players wearing the Nike Mercurial Superfly / Vapor 360 football boots.
Players who scored wearing the Nike Mercurial are Cristiano Ronaldo (4 goals), Denis Cheryshev (3 goals) as well as the likes as Hirving Lozano, Luka Modrić, Aleksandar Kolarov, Yussuf Poulsen, Steven Zuber, Philippe Coutinho, Jose Giminez. The second most successful football boots was the Adidas Predator 18.1 with 4 goals, followed by the Puma One and Nike Hypervenom (3 goals respectively).
In total, 25 of 39 goals (64.1%) of all 2018 World Cup goals so far were scored by Nike athletes. Adidas comes second with 9 goals (23%), Puma comes third with 4 goals (10%), while Asics-sponsored Yuya Osako scored 1 goal..
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