Remember when you were a kid? You had to have the latest and greatest football boots — how could you pretend to be Dalglish or Fowler if you didn’t?
Looking back, it was probably a strain on our parents’ wallets. But at least they were reasonably priced, if a little on the expensive side.
However, if your kid wants to be like Lionel Messi on today’s playground, you’ll need to shell out £300 for the privilege. That’s how much his new “Messi 16+ Pureagility 10/10 Firm Ground Cleats” will cost. Even worse, only 100 of them will be sold in the shops, and a further 50 online.
It leads to an interesting question — which players in the Liverpool squad trot around Anfield the most expensive footwear?
The answer, according to the Echo, is Emre Can, Divock Origi, and oddly, Ragnar Klavan. They all wear the £250 Nike Mercurial Superfly V. Roberto Firmino sports a £230 pair of Adidas ACE 16+ Purecontrol, while Daniel Sturridge goes for the £230 Nike Hypervenom Phantom II.
And the cheapest? Gini Wijnaldum and Joel Matip, who both play in the £155 Adidas X 15.1 Leather.