Reigning Copa Libertadores champions Santos FC are currently in Japan preparing for the semi-final round of the FIFA World Club Cup 2011. The eight time Campeonato Brasileiro Série A winners will play their first match of the tournament against the winner of the Espernace ST / Al-Sadd quarter-final. Victory will most likely set up a clash with FC Barcelona in the cup final.
Before embarking for Japan last week, Nike customized some of its latest boots for its sponsored athletes on the team – superstar striker Neymar, veteran Elano, Brazilian international Paulo Henrique Ganso and midfielder Ibson.
Each features the Brazilian and Japanese flags along with text chosen by the players in Japanese Kanji characters on their uppers. Here is a detailed look at Neymar’s Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly III boots for a potential showdown with Lionel Messi and Barca.