Raheem Sterling's modified Nike Mercurial Vapor 11 "Elite Pack"
Player name: Raheem Shaquille Sterling
Clubs: QPR, Liverpool, Manchester City
Position: Winger/Attacking midfielder
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Raheem Sterling plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Manchester City and the England national team. He is considered to be one of the best wingers in the world. Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London at the age of five and began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. He was awarded the Golden Boy award in 2014. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player at the time. He then went on to help Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles in the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons. In the 2018-19 season, he was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and won the PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.
This pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor 11's were worn by Raheem Sterling during the 2016-17 season, in both the Premier League and Champions League. This was his second season at Manchester City, since then he has improved more and more with every season, becoming their most important player. In the 2016-17 season Raheem scored 10 goals and made 20 assists in 47 matches.
This particular pair of match worn boots are even more unique due to the fact that they are from Nike's "Elite Pack", which they selected only the very best young players in Europe to wear. The list of players included the likes of Neymar, De Bruyne and Hazard.
This pair have been personlaised for Raheem with "Unruly" , and his daughter's name "Melody-Rose". No size labels are present due to their bespoke nature, however are measured to be around UK7.5 / US8.5.
This pair were hand made to Sterling's exact specifications in Nike's famous Montebelluna factory in Italy. The Montebelluna logo is visible on the left insole, however this is faded due to Sterling using the boots. His ID number is written inside.
Above, Raheem wearing this pair during training sessions at the Etihad Campus with Manchester City.
This pair feature a modified upper, differing to the retail version of the standard Mercurial Vapor 11. The upper on this pair is more reminiscent of the previous model, the Vapor X - much softer in comparison to retail. This pair do not have the clear plastic rim around the edge of that you see on the retail versions, as well as having a smaller toe box and the overall shape being much more narrow.
Above, Raheem wearing them vs Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.