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The greatest player in the world deserves a special pair of boots and that’s a responsibility adidas have never taken lightly. Whether it was the MiRosar10 they released at the end of the year, or the subtle Messi flashes on the Battle Pack F50 during last summer’s World Cup, the Barcelona and Argentina legend has been well looked after in terms of standout boot drops, but does his new Pibe de Barr10 live up to the hype?

Like the MiRosar10, the Pibe de Barr10 takes influence from Lionel Messi’s hometown of Rosario, but unlike last year’s iteration which focused on the football team he first played for as a boy and their fiercest of rivals, the Pibe de Barr10 takes reference from the Barrio of Las Heras, Rosario, where Messi first learned to play the game.

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At just 27 years of age it’s almost frightening to imagine what is still in store for Messi, and as the record breaking forward, who has by himself scored more goals than any team other than Barcelona in La Liga this calendar year, continues to forge forward in hopes of silverware this season, the Pibe de Barr10 looks back to a time when it was all in front of him. Collaborating with Rosario-born graphic artist Ignacio Valenti, adidas have fused urban-inspired raw brush strokes with a polished sleekness on the boot’s synthetic hybrid upper, to pay tribute to Little Leo’s childhood.

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Described by adidas as matching Messi’s playing style, “beautiful, yet dangerous,” the Pibe de Barr10 is also loaded with all of the technical innovation you’d expect to see in the world’s greatest player’s boots. The speed traxion stud alignment and outsole have been modeled on a sprinter’s spikes, meaning Messi is being supported with all the speed and agility he needs to roam the pitch, while the 360 degree Dribbletex coating offers an unprecedented control, in wet or dry conditions.

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Lionel Messi debuted his new adidas Pibe de Barr10 boots at the Nou Camp in Barcelona’s match with Manchester City last night before making them available for release this morning.

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