Trent Alexander-Arnold's match worn Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro football boots
Player name: Trent John Alexander-Arnold
Position: Right back
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Trent Alexander-Arnold is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team. Known for his range of passing and providing assists, he is regarded as one of the best right-backs in world football. Alexander-Arnold joined Liverpool's academy in 2004 and captained the club across its youth levels. He made his senior debut in 2016, at age 18, and played in back-to-back UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter and being named in the Champions League Squad of the Season. These appearances made Alexander-Arnold the youngest player to start in consecutive finals in the competition. In the same year, he won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. In domestic football, he won the 2019–20 PFA Young Player of the Year and the inaugural Premier League Young Player of the Season awards, has twice been named in the PFA Team of the Year, and played a huge part in ending Liverpool's 30-year league title drought by winning the 2019–20 Premier League.
Alexander-Arnold has also represented England at various youth levels and made his senior debut in 2018. He has since featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he became only the fourth teenager to start a match for England in the tournament, and in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, where his nation finished in third place in the inaugural edition of the competition.
Here, we have acquired not one, not two, but three (!) pairs of Trent Alexander-Arnold's match worn Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro football boots, which were used by the young star across two seasons, the 2019-20 & 2020-21 seasons, whilst playing for both Liverpool FC & the England national team. All three of the above pairs posses immense history, with them having been used in multiple high magnitude matches in some of the world's most incredible stadiums, on the biggest stages in world football. These are special for sure.
Let's kick off this review by looking at the white pair first of all. This pair were the very first of the Clone Magnetico Pro model from Under Armour, a release which for the most part went under the radar, with very few players being sponsored to wear it. UA never released them in any form of SG stud configuration variant, they were an FG only model on public release. With Trent being UA's lead sponsored athlete for their football division, along with Memphis Depay of course, they do (like all other top sports equipment manufacturers) custom make their pro player's boots. Trent tends to use SG boots pretty much 100% of the time in both matches & training sessions, all year round regardless of the weather conditions. The SG soleplate which UA have used for Trent's custom boots is from the previous model in the range, the Magnetico Pro Hybrid.
Trent wore this exact pair for a rather long duration in the 2019-20 season, wearing them in both the Premier League & UEFA Champions League firstly at the end of February 2020, which was then pre-lockdown of course, so fans were still allowed to attend matches inside stadiums. The period of use spanned across 6 months, with Alexander-Arnold using them right up until the end of August 2020. The post lockdown period when football in the UK restarted imposed a ton of protocols and regulations in terms of cleaning etc, that it became so much harder to acquire items such as these during that time period. Players began doing things like bringing their boots home and washing them themselves, rather than having them washed with the rest of the team's boots by the kit staff, to avoid any cross contamination. Rules such as these made our already hard job, even harder!
Above, we can see Trent with this pair during a post lockdown period training session at Liverpool's Melwood training complex on June 05 2020, players were having to train isolated in their own sections of the training pitches to comply with Premier League COVID-19 regulations during this period. Players had to arrive in their training kit, as they were not able to use the indoor facilities. If you look closely, Trent even has his car keys with him!
During his time in Liverpool's academy Alexander-Arnold converted from a outside midfielder to a right-back. It was the position that offered him the clearest path to the first team and he excelled in his new role, being singled out by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who tipped him to have a bright future at the club in his autobiography. As a result of his rapid progression, and in the buildup to the 2015–16 season, Alexander-Arnold was selected in the first team squad by manager Brendan Rodgers for the team's final pre-season friendly against Swindon Town where he marked his unofficial debut for the club in a 2–1 win.
Whilst Trent tends to, for the most part, wear unpersonalised boots in terms of having no naming ID on them, we have to delve even further into the finer details of the boots at hand. There are always certain details which allow us to photo match boots, with this pair being all white making details even less obvious they were even trickier than usual, but with research and patience, some can be spotted. On the lateral side of the soleplate on the right boot in the forefoot area, there is a blue 'battle' mark from match use. This can be matched to the photo above, which has been taken from the Premier League fixture at Anfield between Liverpool & Crystal Palace on June 24 2020. LFC won the match 4-0, with Trent scoring the opener from one of his trademark sublime free kicks, using this exact pair. When researching the use of pairs through photographs, it is interesting to see the wear and tear become visible the further into the time period of use we look. These boots can be seen to be prestine white when Trent first used them, however in the final few pictures of him wearing them, they are in the condition in which we received them. Match worn perfection!
There is a long, long, list of matches in which Trent wore this pair in, however the most notable of the lot which really stands is from July 22 2020, a Premier League tie at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea, the historic match in which LFC ran out 5-3 winners. Trent scored yet another beautiful free-kick which was Liverpool's second of the match, and then followed it up by assisting Gini Wijnaldum's goal for their third of the match. Liverpool needed to win in order to clinch the Premier League title, and well, didn't they do it in style. This broke the 30 year league title drought for LFC, with Trent (and this pair of his match worn boots) playing a huge role in the club's success. Trent played in all 38 league matches that season, scoring 4 goals and making 13 assists. Absolutely astonishing numbers for a full-back, who was then just 21-years of age. Generational talent.
Next up, let's take a look at the Summer Lime/Hyper Green model of Trent Alexander-Arnold's match worn Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro's. This pair were used during the 2020-21 season, for both club & country, with them again featuring that same modified SG soleplate from the previous model in the Magnetico Pro range, never released to the public on this model. This pair show absolutely amazing signs of heavy match use, in terms of match worn memorabilia straight from the pitch, does it get much better than this?
Alexander-Arnold is widely regarded as one of the best attacking full-backs in world football as a result of his proficiency at occupying attacking spaces on the pitch and creating goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. During the early years of his career, he emerged as one of the Premier League's most creative players due to his role in assisting goals from early crosses and set-piece deliveries. He possesses an impressive passing range, which is attributed to his development as a midfielder during his time in Liverpool's youth academy, and has been one of Liverpool's designated set-piece specialists for deadball situations since the 2017–18 campaign. His set-piece routine, which involves three parallel steps backwards and one to the right, has been likened to that of former rugby union fly-half Jonny Wilkinson. Alexander-Arnold's craft and intelligence from deadball situations was singled out for particular praise by Gary Lineker and Cesc Fàbregas after he assisted the winning goal in the 2018–19 Champions League semi-final by delivering a quickly-taken corner while the opposition players had their backs turned.
Trent wore this pair in every single match during a period which spanned across 6 months, from December 2020 right through to June 2021, which is making it apparent to us that TAA really does not like changing boots often unless he absolutely has to. It can be interesting to see how players are with their footwear, some change after simply a couple of uses, and some, like Trent, will use a single pair until they fall apart. This can help us learn a little about their genuine personality, a humble player like Trent doesn't demand massive modifications to his boots, nor does he request lots of naming ID personalisation, he likes to stick with 1 pair of boots for as long as he can!
As we can see here, the soleplate of this pair show so so many signs of heavy use, from the extremely worn down metal studs, to the cracking in the forefoot areas, these are all the exact signs you want in piece of unique match worn memorabilia, such as this. Typically, the professional pitches at the elite level which players like Trent play on day in, day out, tend to cause different wear on boots than what a typical boggy Sunday league pitch would cause. Due to them always being wet but not necessarily muddy, we notice that soleplates of match worn boots from players at the very top level tend to take a up a yellowy colour (depending on the material finish of the sole), whilst regardless of how much they are worn, the FG studs tend to never really change shape. Trent's pair above are a prime example of this, the metal stids are heavily worn down, the upper doesn't have much life left, the interior heel liner has holes from wear, yet the moulded studs on the soleplate are the same shape as when new - just discoloured.
At the very tip of the soleplate on each boot, we can see again that discolouration to the plastic material. That of the left boot can be photomatched to Trent using them in a training session with the England national team on May 31 2021, in Middlesbrough, at the pre-Euro 2020 camp.
Another great photomatch which shows tons of details is here, with a picture taken from the Premier League fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on May 13, 2021, which resulted in a 2-4 victory for LFC. Trent assisted Bobby Firmino for Liverpool's second goal in this pair. Above we can see five key distinctive features that are matchable. The stitching fray above the black UA logo on the medial side of the upper is very proud, standing out as one of the most apparant features. With this model featuring the unique stitching pattern to the forefoot area, each pair tended to differ from one another as this design is so complicated. We can see the position of the seams & the gaps all match up perfectly, the gap underneath the 'O' in the Clone logo is a good starter point for that. Moving on, there are some mud stains which have gotten underneath the wax coating of the upper in the heel are over time due to match use, the most prominent one being just underneath the black UA logo, to the left hand side. In the forefoot area, there is some slight sole separation just above the metal stud, again perfectly matchable. And lastly, there is a double line of stitching which may have been a mistake in the manufacturung process (things like this can be common among pro player's boots, as they are bespoke made, and do not have to meet the visual quality control procedures of products that will be sold on the commercial market) and a this also can be seen on the photo above. Such details of wear make this pair truly unique.
Above: Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring a 90+1 sublime strike from outside of the box into the bottom corner in injury time, which proved to be the match winning goal in the Premier League fixture at Anfield, Liverpool vs Aston Villa, which ended 2-1, in this exact pair.
With fans not allowed inside stadiums to watch football matches due to COVID-19 for practically the entirety of the 2020-21 season, the football world still went on with Trent wearing this pair in all competitions, including in both legs of Liverpool's UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final matches vs Real Madrid. LFC missed out on progressing to the Semi-Final after losing 3-1 on aggregate.
The very last time in which Trent laced up in this pair was in the pre-Euro 2020 match between England & Austria. England won 1-0, however Trent picked up an injury which forced him off the pitch, and unfortunately ruled him out of going to the tournament.
And here we are, saving the best until last, the special edition all pink pair of Trent Alexander-Arnold's match worn Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro's. This speciall one-off pair were used during the 2020-21 season, specifically during October 2020 only, in order to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These were never released to the public in any form whatsoever, Trent was the only player to wear them, making these a true 1-of-1 pair. Memohis Depay also campaigned with wearing pink UA boots, however he wears the Spotlight model. Trent wore this pair across all competitions for club & country, including in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League & UEFA Nations League.
This pair feature an all pink upper with silver accents and do, unlike practically all of Trent's boots, feature name personalisation. 'Carmen' is the name of Alexander-Arnold's aunt who survived cancer, a personal tribute to her from Trent. This pair truly are one of the best and most special we have ever acquired here at BCBootsUK.
World Cup winner Cafu has heaped praise on the defender, saying "He’s a sensational player, a rare talent. He’s technically brilliant, he has so much quality. He has a Brazilian style of play. I love watching him play. And playing in such a great team will help him grow." Lionel Messi has called him "Impressive" and remarked "[He is] the future, a fullback who is impressive going forward." Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville stated, "He's the best passer of a ball at right-back that I've ever seen. He's David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne at right-back". Under Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, whose tactical set-up placed creative responsibility on the shoulders of the club's full-backs, Alexander-Arnold was predominantly deployed down the right flank where his overlapping runs, switching of play, accuracy of crossing and work-rate in tracking back saw him become an important figure in the side's transitional, counter-attacking style of play
Similar to the other 2 pairs, this pair again have lots of distinctive features which allow us to photomatch them having delved into extensive research. The above photo is taken from the Merseyside Derby between Everton & Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17 2020, a Premier League fixture which finished 2-2. With no fans able to attend due to COVID-19 regulations, it was a game that didn't have the atmosphere of a derby, but the players certainly didn't lose any passion for the gain of local bragging rights on the pitch. This pair have a distinctive silver 'splash' of some sort of substance on, we still cannot quite work out what it is. Referee spray, pitch markings, who knows! But what we do know is, that this substance had for the most part remained on the left boot and is clearly visible in our picture above. We have circle the clearest parts for your reference. As this match was in the middle of October, and this pair were worn for the entire month, some of those markings had worn off during the subsequent matches that followed the one mentioned above. Pairs like this, coming straight from the pitch, are just truly stunning. A 1-of-1 piece worn by one of the best young players in world football, with perfect photomatching ability.
This pair also feature the custom SG soleplate, however on this special pair it had been made by Under Armour to be chrome. But as with any chrome soleplate finish on a football boot, this had worn off over time with match use, as we can see in the picture above.
Which pair of these three Under Armour Clone Magnetico Pro's match worn by Trent Alexander Arnold is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below!