Good-quality football boots do not come cheap…just ask any mum whose offspring want the latest ‘must haves’ from Nike, Puma or Adidas.
But just how pricey can they get?
Rio Ferdinand decided to commission the most expensive football boots in Britain, when he organised a charity auction of match boots worn by himself, Wayne Rooney and John Terry in aid of his Live the Dream Foundation.
Between them, the three pairs of boots were emblazoned with 7,500 precious jewels, including diamonds and rubies, and raised £60,000 for underprivileged children.
For the record, Rooney’s Nike boots made £18,000, Terry’s Umbros £20,000, and Ferdinand’s own Nike Total 90s – gold tipped laces and all – raised £22,000.
Terry’s signed Umbro Speciali boots included sapphires and white and black diamonds; Rooney’s Total 90 Laser II’s featured his famous number 10 moulded out of rose gold, while Ferdinand’s were customised with graffiti by none other than musician and film producer Goldie – not to mention 43 carats of diamonds and rubies.
The black, white and gold Adidas +Teamgeist raised an unbelievable $2.4 million in aid of the Reach Out To Asia outreach programme, a charity aimed at helping educational and community projects in Asia and Qatar.
Not quite in the same league, but:
The World Cup Winner’s medal won by Nobby Stiles sold for £188,200 – it was bought by his old club Manchester United.
George Best’s 1968 European Cup winner’s medal was sold by Bonhams after his death for £156,000.
- Collecting football memorabilia is big business…and can make big money.
An official programme – the ‘United Review’ – from their match against Ipswich Town in 1958 sold for £4,700.
Issued – one has to wonder why? – by Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Company Ltd – the original price for seat number 217 was 5/-…(five shillings,) or 25 pence in today’s money.