Messi taking a look at the ‘brain boot’ . PHOTOS: Daily Mail.Lionel
Messi is the face behind football’s latest revolutionary masterpiece: the boot
with a brain.
Sportsmail can reveal that the Barcelona superstar has spent
months developing the world’s first intelligent football boot with manufacturers
adidas, which could now take the game by storm.
The boots record
player-specific data with an innovative miCoach Speed Cell chip placed in the
cavity of the outsole, which captures 360 degree movements and measures key
performance metrics such as speed and distance.
Leading Premier League
players, including Luis Suarez, David Silva, Samir Nasri , Ashley Young,
Emmanuel Adebayor, Stewart Downing and Gareth Bale, have put the smart boot to
the test during training sessions in recent weeks before wearing them
competitively for the first time next month.
Sportsmail travelled to Germany
two weeks ago to sample the boot at the home of Bundesliga club FC
Top-flight club performance directors, who often rely on Pro Zone
analysis to track player movement using video systems, will be able to download
digital information within a matter of moments.
The boots – which store data
including: speed, average speed, maximum speed, number of sprints, distance,
distance at high intensity levels and active time for up to seven hours after a
match or training – transmit on-pitch information to tablets, PCs and Macs using
a wireless link.
Most clubs operate Pro Zone to analyse and track the
movements of their players during games, with eight cameras deployed around four
corners of the stadium to capture and provide information every 10th of a
But the service is said to be expensive and only
available to professional clubs, paving the way for the new f50 boot – which is
the world’s lightest, weighing 165 grammes – to become a competitive rival by
offering smart in-play technology to the masses.
Despite costing £245 –
including the chip – the boots are set to prove to be popular with amateur
players who will be able compare their stats to professional stars like Messi
for the first time.
The internet platform will allow players to upload and
share their miCoach data on an internet platform, that will also provide
Adidas will also be releasing a free app to coincide with
the boot launch that allows consumers to see their abilities in an Avatar-form
in a football video game environment.
‘We have been working to develop a boot
with a brain for some time and what we have produced will revolutionise the
football industry,’ said adidas vice president of global football, Markus
‘What makes the boot unique is that for the first time you will be
able to compare yourself to some of the best players in the world.’
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