When you look at the players to wear these boots, a certain Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta appear. Now, that is a very high calibre of player to pull on these but was the CTR360 Maestri II up to the task at hand? I certainly think so.
Now, these boots are icons. And that is a fact. The term icon definitely gets thrown about a lot in the footballing sphere, whether it be for a shirt or a player, but this one is actually true. A boot that has stood the test of time and will be remembered for the days of Cesc and Andres tearing up the world. Boots often come and go, they are not remembered. When you ask someone to list the best boots of the modern era, they will name the Mercurial, the F50 and then the CTR360. They’re that good.
Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona is one of the greatest teams of all time and the 2010/11 season is one of the standout performances from them. Within that team, Andres Iniesta was fundamental. He was the wizard. The guy who made things happen, alongside Xavi and Lionel Messi. And Andres Iniesta did this wearing the CTR360 silo.
The boot was the second edition of the silo, and the best. The third edition came along and was a step down from the pinnacle. It didn’t live up to it’s predecessors name. The Maestri II was phenomenal. A boot that, not only was aesthetically powerful, but performed as well.
The boot used a Kanga-lite material. Similar to the classic K-Leather boots but with a hint of synthetic materials which were designed to make the boot light whilst enhancing comfort.
A boot that was made for control. Control over the ball, which led to the ultimate control over the game and your opposition. When dropping the new boot, Nike put together a news piece outlining the drop and discussing the ability of the boot. They linked it to the players wearing it; Fabregas and Iniesta. Stating they control the game and the normal marketing spiel that comes with a boot release. “Our players are the best players in the world,” and all that jazz. But what normally doesn’t happen is Nike backing up their players with stats, stats from Opta. They did for these boots. Just to show how good both players were and just to boast a little about their boots.
I’m not going to delve into the stats of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas because you know already; they were very fucking good at their job. And the CTR360 was alongside them every step of the way. It made it a whole lot sweeter watching those two knowing the boots they had on their feet.
The boot sticks in my memory for the aforementioned points but also because I once played in them myself when I was younger. A Nike iD version of the boot, to be precise. They were yellow, green and white. I loved them. As a player, I look back on my time and think about all the boots I have worn. Some are probably a mistake, some I adored. I rocked Predators for years, then moved onto F50s, around the same time Lionel Messi became my favourite player. But for one season, I wanted CTRs. Not a pair you’d find on the shelf, my own. Designed by me, worn by me. So I got them. And oh, did I love them to pieces. Sadly, they’re no longer with us but they will remain a vivid memory of mine for a long, long time.
You can still pick up numerous pairs online, whether it be eBay, ClassicFootballShirts or other outlets. I’d advise you do so, and keep a hold of them, because they’ll be looked back on with fondness for years to come.