If any more proof was needed that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are footballing superstars, Nike have provided it.
To celebrate the Leicester City stars' achievements, the sportswear giant have released a brand new football boot called the VAHREZ NikeiD Hypervenom Phantom II (what happened to the VAHREZ NikeiD Hypervenom Phantom I?).
Vardy and Mahrez will wear the boots in Leicester’s final game of the season against Chelsea on Sunday.
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The commemoration adds to the list of their achievements this season. Vardy was today named the Premier League Player of the Season, while Mahrez collected the PFA Player of the Year award last month.
And who could forget that Leicester City defied odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League.
The VAHREZ NikeiD Hypervenom Phantom II
Pictures courtesy of Nike.
According to Nike, the boot is a celebration of “the pair’s thrilling on-pitch chemistry.”
That assessment is spot on - Mahrez and Vardy have linked up wonderfully on several occasions this season and the England international’s glorious strike against Liverpool, set up by Mahrez’s pass, is in contention to win goal of the season.
The Algerian said: “Jamie and I took unusual routes to get to here and this helps our partnership – I’m honoured to wear these boots as symbols of our achievements this season.”
Vardy added: “I’ve worn some special boots this season and these stand out. The last game of this season is going to be an occasion, and I appreciate the understanding I have with Riyad – it’s something I’m proud of and the boots reflect that.”
Vardy's Euro 2016 dream
The 29-year-old could also add a Golden Boot to his growing collection of awards. Currently on 24 goals, he trails Tottenham’s Harry Kane by one.
But the main aim for Vardy now is being included in England’s squad for Euro 2016. The former Fleetwood Town forward made his international debut last summer and scored a delightful goal in the friendly win in Germany two months ago.
And Roy Hodgson all but confirmed Vardy’s place in the 23-man squad in his programme notes for the Football Writers’ Association Football of the Year awards dinner.
“It's his goals that single Jamie out as very special,” Hodgson wrote, per the Daily Mail. “At the time of writing I am fortunate to have a group of English strikers in such a rich vein of form going into the European Championships, with both Jamie and Harry Kane right at the top of the goal-scoring charts.
“This afternoon I named my squad of 23 who will travel to France and represent England in Euro 2016. For all of those 23 players named - but this year in particular the strikers - they are at the pinnacle of their game, have seen off fierce competition for their squad place and proved their worth over a sustained period of time.
“And Jamie - there is no need to pinch yourself, you're not dreaming!”