For years, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of Nike's premier athletes. He was a major part of the sportswear giant's advertising material around the 2014 World Cup - who remembers the animated 'Last Game' series and 'Zlatan thinks that Zlatan should take it' in '​Risk Everything'? - even though he wouldn't be playing at the finals.

The veteran superstar was wearing a pair of pink and white Nike Mercurial Superfly V on Sunday as he netted his 28th goal of the season for Manchester United.

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

He was seen in green Nike boots five days earlier against Everton as well, but was in Adidas boots prior to his domestic suspension following a violent encounter with Tyrone Mings.

Ibrahimovic has worn Adidas boots a lot this season. His relationship Nike was reported earlier this year to have broken down several months ago, but that hasn't stopped him from lacing up Nike boots from time to time as well.


As far back as Euro 2016 last summer, it was a little odd that he was seen in both Adidas and Nike boots at various times, Adidas for training, and Nike for games, it seemed.

Ibrahimovic was wearing Nike boots when he made his unofficial United debut against Galatasaray on home soil in Sweden back in July. He then continued in Nike boots for the first few weeks of the season, but was later spotted with Adidas on his feet, both for training and games, from October.

Manchester United Training Session

Rather strangely, Ibra actually changed boots, from Adidas to Nike, at half-time when United played Manchester City in the EFL Cup fourth round later that month. Come November, though, he was back to wearing Adidas once more.

And that is the way it appeared to stay, Zlatan in Adidas boots. He wearing the German company's footwear when he played against FC Rostov in the Europa League last month, but now the Nikes have been back for two consecutive games. Which way will he turn next?

Manchester United v Manchester City - EFL Cup Fourth Round

As an aside, it's also interesting to note that Romelu Lukaku is another high profile Premier League striker currently playing without a boot deal. The Belgian is another to have worn both Nike and Adidas boots this season, usually the former in the Premier League and the latter at international level, and is rumoured to be waiting until he has a new club next season before formally tying himself to a matching brand.

For example, were he to choose Chelsea, whose kit will be made by Nike next season, he would sign with Nike. For argument's sake, if it was Manchester United, it would be Adidas.

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