Daley Blind's match worn Adidas Predator 18.1 Leather
Daley Blind's modified Adidas Predator 18.1 Leather
Player name: Daley Blind
Clubs: Ajax, Manchester United
Position: Defender/Defensive midfielder
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Daley Blind is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder, left-back or centre-back for Ajax and the Netherlands national team. He is the son of former Ajax defender and former Netherlands national team manager Danny Blind. Blind rose through the youth ranks at Ajax, becoming a regular after a loan to Groningen, and won four consecutive Eredivisie titles with the club. In September 2014, he transferred to Manchester United for £13.8 million, where he was part of the team that won four trophies including the FA Cup, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League. In the summer of 2018, Blind returned to Ajax where he won his fifth Eredivisie title and first-ever KNVB Cup in his first season back at the club. A full international since 2013, he has earned more than 60 caps and was a member of the Dutch squad that finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
These are a pair of Daley Blind's Adidas Predator 18.1's which were issued to him during the 2017-18 season whilst at Manchester United. Blind is known to have worn Adidas throughout his entire career, and this pair feature some differences to the retail model of this boot.
This pair feature an ultra soft leather forefoot which was unavailable to the public on the retail release models. Many were disappointed in Adidas for re-releasing the Predator silo in a synthetic only upper option. However the top pros were still able to get leather versions at their request.
This would prove to be the last model & colourway of boots Daley would wear whilst at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, as he moved back to Ajax of Amsterdam in the summer of 2018.
In comparison to the retail model Predator 18.1, Daley's pair also feature a modified TechFit collar. Adidas have made his one a lot lower than the standard release version, this may improve overall fit or may just be personal preference. The fact that the heel part is lower will help reduce blisters.
This pair are in the stunning black/gold/white launch colourway which brought the Predator silo back to life. The midfoot is made up of "Control Skin" technology, with the modified TechFit collar at the back and leather in the forefoot. The SG-Pro soleplate features "BOOST" technology in the forefoot.
Bespoke made in Herzogenaurach, Germany by Adidas' Athlete Services, where they make all of their top players' boots such as Messi and co. Blind wears a very small UK size 6.5. Many players are known for wearing small boots to get the snug feel out on the pitch.
The underboard is reinforced with a strong plastic material, adding strength too the boots. Nike apply carbon fibre to have a similar effect. The sticker in the heel area has the date the boots were made (October 2017) and 502001 which is the factory number for their Herzogenaurach Athlete Services centre. This is also where the Adidas headquarters is based.
Adidas have added a personal touch for Blind to these Predator's by adding his national flag at the heel of the left shoe, whilst adding the Ajax flag to the heel of the right. "DB17" is etched on the side of the right shoe which are is initials and his Manchester United squad number at the time, whilst "CR21" is on the side of the right shoe which may have a more personal meaning.
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