Lieke Martens talents have not gone unnoticed. In addition to her stellar club play, Martens helped lead the Netherlands to triumph at the 2017 European Championships.
Martens was named Player of the Tournament, saying at the time, “All we want is for women’s football to be as popular and successful as possible. This could be the start of something special.”
Her special year continues with recognition as the best player in the game. To commemorate this honor, Nike Football has created a player edition Mercurial just for Martens.
The boot’s color palette pays homage to the Oranje Leeuwinnen (Orange Lionesses) and the Leeuwinnen icon appears on the heel and on the sockliner.
The sole plate of the boot features a color shift from silver into blue, then fading in Orange around the forefoot. The lace aglets read, “1st,” in recognition of her team’s first European Championship, as well as the individual hardware she’s accumulated. The Swoosh has a multi-color orange to blue fade with a platinum-hued outline.
Most notably, Martens’s first name in all caps, “LIEKE,” appears on the medial side of the boot where “NIKE” normally appears. The platinum color of the letters is a nod to her most recent trophy acquisition.
“My teammates and I are so proud of what we have achieved and hopefully our success will lead to even more young girls playing football,” says Martens.