Andrea Pirlo.

Nike unveil wine-coloured boots inspired by Andrea Pirlo

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There are few cooler football players than Andrea Pirlo.

Renowned for his beard and languid style on the pitch, the Italian has forged a career using a range of passing and free-kick accuracy that very few can match.

He's a hit on social media, too, often uploading picturesque images of himself in training or drinking a glass of wine while wearing a white shirt and sunglasses.


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But for Xabi Alonso and David Beckham, Pirlo is largely unrivalled as football's fashion icon.

A pair of football boots have now been made in his honour and they're absolutely in keeping with what Pirlo represents (see below).

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Aren't they beautiful? Here's what Nike said in a press release to mark the unveiling:

"If there is one thing Italian legend Andrea Pirlo obsesses as much as football, it’s winemaking. Pirlo’s history with wine goes back to his childhood in Flero, where he spent a lot of time harvesting grapes at local vineyards.

"His passion for fine wine led Pirlo and his family to open a winery called Pratum Coller. To celebrate Pirlo’s dual careers as a footballer and winemaker, Nike Football has crafted a limited edition Tiempo Pirlo.

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"The boot’s upper features premium Alegria leather in a merlot colorway inspired by the juice of the grape. Similar to Pratum Coller’s logo, four gold stars appear on the boot’s heel counter and plate to honour Italy’s World Cup titles. The Italian flag is also featured on the lace aglet.

"As a nod to Tiempo's heritage and the process of producing wine, Aged Since ’94 appears in metallic gold on a genuine cork sock-liner and also on the polka dot shoebox. The boots are packaged similar to a bottle of wine and include an additional performance sock-liner.

Pirlo took to Instagram to share Nike's latest creation - which will be released on September 19 - with his 3.1 million followers.

He wrote: "Savour every moment of success. My limited edition #niketiempo is inspired by my career so far."


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