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World Cup Boot-Spotter's Guide: What the top 50 players of the tournament are wearing

Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi will be the faces for Nike, Puma and Adidas at the World Cup.

The spotlight doesn't shine any brighter than on the stage that is the World Cup. And the top 50 players at this summer's tournament, as named in our World Cup Rank, will no doubt revel in the attention of taking centre stage.

Soaking up all that attention, and converting it into brand awareness, are three of the world's biggest names in football: Nike, Adidas and Puma. The trio account for 49 of our 50 best players in Russia -- and it would've been a clean sweep if not for Sadio Mane's switch from Nike to New Balance ahead of the Champions League final.

So, with all eyes on Russia, what do these kit suppliers have in store for the biggest tournament in the sport? And what will the World Cup's brightest talents have on their feet? We round up the latest offerings and tell you who's wearing what this summer in ESPN FC's Boot-Spotter's Guide to the World Cup.

Nike

Neymar will be one of a handful of high-profile players carrying the flag for Nike at the World Cup.

Twenty-five of our top 50 players at the World Cup will be wearing Nikes, and with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar lacing them up -- and swooshes adorning the shirts of title challengers Brazil and France -- the bright white of the brand's Just Do It pack will have no shortage of attention.

Mercurial Superfly 360

The Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 is worn by some of the World Cup's biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Eden Hazard.
The Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 is worn by some of the World Cup's biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Eden Hazard.

Who's wearing them? Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal),Eden Hazard (Belgium), Luka Modric (Croatia), Kylian Mbappe (France), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), Isco (Spain), Willian (Brazil), Dries Mertens (Belgium), Marco Asensio (Spain), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Ousmane Dembele (France).

What Nike says: "For 20 years, Nike has designed Mercurial boots for the fastest players in the game, featuring experimental and game-changing innovations. Mercurial 360 builds on that proud tradition with a 360 construction that will soon appear in Nike footwear across other sports."

How much do they cost? $275

Magista Obra II Elite

Midfield maestros like Kevin De Bruyne and Andres Iniesta will grace Russia's pitches in Nike's Magista Obra II Elite.
Midfield maestros like Kevin De Bruyne and Andres Iniesta will grace Russia's pitches in Nike's Magista Obra II Elite.

Who's wearing them? Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium).

What Nike says: "What might happen if the foot had evolved as if it were designed to play football? That question is central to the creation of the Magista II. Thanks to advances in scientific testing and rapid prototyping, the boot's design emphasises evolution in touch and traction."

How much do they cost? $230

Hypervenom III Elite

England standouts Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling will be wearing the Nike Hypervenom III Elite at the World Cup.
England standouts Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling will be wearing the Nike Hypervenom III Elite at the World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Harry Kane (England), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) Raheem Sterling (England).

What Nike says: "This is a finisher's boot," explains Max Blau, vice president of Nike football footwear. "Every component of this boot was built for goals."

How much do they cost? $275

Tiempo Legend VII Elite

Spain's defensive partnership of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique headline the Nike Tiempo Legend VII Elite at the World Cup.
Spain's defensive partnership of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique headline the Nike Tiempo Legend VII Elite at the World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Sergio Ramos (Spain), Gerard Pique (Spain), Raphael Varane (France).

What Nike says: "Nike Tiempo boots, much like the professional players who wear them, have a reputation for making the exceptional look easy."

How much do they cost? $230

Neymar 'Meu Jogo' Vapor 360

Nike introduced Neymar's
Nike introduced Neymar's Meu Jogo Mercurial Vapor 360 special edition for the knockout rounds of the 2018 World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Neymar (Brazil).

What Nike says: The Neymar "Meu Jogo" Mercurial Vapor 360's "underfoot graphic ... leverages the 360 construction of the Mercurial."

How much do they cost? $275

Adidas

Lionel Messi will be the face for Adidas at the World Cup.

Adidas outfits 20 of those who made our World Cup Rank, and the three stripes brand's Energy Mode pack sees fluorescent greens, oranges, blues and yellows that are sure to grab your attention in Russia. Supplying three of the tournament's biggest favourites in Spain, Argentina and defending champions Germany, as well as Lionel Messi, Adidas has set out to own this summer's tournament.

X18+

Some of the most dangerous attackers in Adidas arsenal, like Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah, will be wearing the X18+ at the World Cup.
Some of the most dangerous attackers in Adidas' arsenal, like Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah, will be wearing the X18+ at the World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), David de Gea (Spain), N'Golo Kante (France), Marcelo (Brazil), Thomas Muller (Germany), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Gabriel Jesus (Brazil), Son Heung-Min (Korea Republic), Angel Di Maria (Argentina).

What Adidas says: "With the new X18+, we have produced something that is really lightweight and minimalist in its design, which removes the barriers between foot and ball while still achieving the elite touch and support at high speed required by the game's most explosive players."

How much do they cost? $280 laceless/$225 with laces

Predator 18+

The Adidas Predator 18+ can be found on the feet of commanding midfielders like Paul Pogba and Ivan Rakitic.
The Adidas Predator 18+ can be found on the feet of commanding midfielders like Paul Pogba and Ivan Rakitic.

Who's wearing them? David Silva (Spain), Paul Pogba (France), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Mats Hummels (Germany), Dele Alli (England).

What Adidas says: "When designing the Predator 18+, we wanted to create the most innovative boot on the market while staying true to the very ethos of what made the Predator such an iconic boot. We wanted to create a boot for those players who control the game through a killer touch or defense-splitting pass."

How much do they cost? $300 laceless/$225 with laces

Nemeziz 18+

Lionel Messi will get his very own colourway of the Adidas Nemeziz 18+ at the World Cup.
Lionel Messi will get his very own colourway of the Adidas Nemeziz 18+ at the World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Lionel Messi (Argentina).

What Adidas says: "Our design for this product was taking that idea, of the relationship between torsion, support and agility, and using it to support the most disruptive players in the game."

How much do they cost? $290 laceless/$225 with laces

Glitch

Paulo Dybala will be the sole member of our World Cup Rank wearing Adidas' Glitch in Russia.
Paulo Dybala will be the sole player in our World Cup Rank to wear Adidas' Glitch in Russia.

Who's wearing them? Paulo Dybala (Argentina).

What Adidas says: "Glitch comes in two parts, an inner shoe and outer skin. The outer skin can be removed and replaced so players can change their look based on their preference, while maintaining an inner shoe that has a comfortable and supportive fit that suits them."

How much do they cost? Not for sale in the U.S. Starter pack, consisting of one inner shoe and two outer skins, €299; inner shoe, €149; outer skins, €119.

Puma

Antoine Griezmann is one of a few select big names to be wearing Pumas at the World Cup.

Puma's tagline at this summer's World Cup in Russia is "Illuminate the Game". That's reflected in their Illuminate pack, an iridescent colourway that reflects "that pulse of energy that surges through the minds of football geniuses as they receive the ball and create those game-changing moments of excellence." Antoine Griezmann will grab the bulk of Puma's limelight in Russia, while the brand is almost certain for knockout-round exposure by outfitting Group A favourites Uruguay.

One

Sergio Aguero will be the highest-profile player wearing the Puma One at the World Cup.
Sergio Aguero will be the highest-profile player wearing the Puma One at the World Cup.

Who's wearing them? Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Diego Godin (Uruguay).

What Puma says: "Today's players are not good at one thing. They are good at a lot of things. With that in mind we set out to design something that would deliver the needs of all players into one boot. From the tough-tackling defender to the swift-footed striker, we can now offer a boot that reflects the perfectionist in all of us."

How much do they cost? $200

Future

Antoine Griezmann will slip into these Puma Futures at the World Cup in Russia.
Antoine Griezmann will slip into these Puma Futures at the World Cup in Russia.

Who's wearing them? Antoine Griezmann (France).

What Puma says: "The Future is made for those players that change the game in an instant, those that play with instinct and invent play on the pitch. That's why we have a boot that allows for complete individuality in both fit and style."

How much do they cost? $220

Austin Lindberg is a general editor for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter at @LindbergESPN.

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