Pictures of him wearing Nike at the start of his time at Argentina FC Barcelona have been circulating on the internet since this week. At the age of 14, Messi signed his first advertising contract with the American team.
It was not until 2006 that he switched from Germany to his biggest rival, as Adidas offered him 60 460,000 a year for cooperation. Since then, the alliance between the two parties has continued.
In 2017, the PSG striker signed a lifetime contract that brings him nearly 30m a year. Two years ago, Messi became the first footballer to own his own shoe brand.
Meanwhile, seeing the ad face of Adidas in Nike shoes has caused a stir in the internet community. “Messi looks wrong with the T90s,” one user concludes, while another even speaks of “stupid pictures.”
Another user voiced a question that was definitely on everyone’s mind: “I always wondered if Messi would have scored more or less if he had worn Nike shoes.” Maybe we will never know.