International fixtures flowed into domestic football as the season finale heats up in Europe. New colourways littered pitches from Southampton to South America with Nike and adidas both rolling out their final on-pitch collections of the current campaign. Here's who we picked out...
Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) Nike Magista Obra II
Arsenal had to settle for a point at home to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, and they had centre back Shkodran Mustafi to thank for levelling the score at 2-2 to keep them in the mix for a Champions League spot. Nike marked the weekend by giving an on-pitch debut to their full 'Motion Blur' collection – a pack that takes inspiration from the Euro 2012 Clash Collection – Mustafi slipped into the Magista.
Leroy Sane (Manchester City) Nike Mercurial Superfly V
Leroy Sane also found himself on the scoresheet at the Emirates wearing the latest Nike offering. The German winger needed just five minutes to open his account in the 'Motion Blur' Mercurial Superfly V as Nike supplied the collection to their full squad of professional players to create a huge on-pitch takeover in the Premier League and further afield.
Angel Di Maria (PSG) adidas X 16+ Purechaos
PSG lifted silverware on Saturday by beating Monaco 4-1 to secure the French League Cup in Lyon. Angel Di Maria was amongst the goalscorers wearing the new adidas 'Turbocharge' X 16+ Purechaos edition on a weekend where adidas and Nike went toe-to-toe with the release of their Spring 2017 collections.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) adidas X 16.1
Cesar Azpilicueta switched into an alternative adidas X 16.1 'Turbocharge' colourway as Chelsea's title charge hit a minor speed bump on Saturday. The Spanish defender was sporting a "White/Green" leather edition of the boot that coincidently looks more at home in the Nike 'Motion Blur' series. As for Chelsea, a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace only looks to delay their crowning of Premier League Champions.
Walter Ayovi (Ecuador) Nike Hypervenom Phinish II
A random one from South America this week as Ecuador's Walter Ayovi laced up in the limited edition Wayne Rooney Nike Hypervenom Phinish II for his nation's World Cup Qualifier against Colombia. The red and white colourway was launched to celebrate Rooney becoming Man United's all time leading goalscorer. Is Ayovi aware of that? No idea.
Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) Nike Magista Obra II
Two heavyweight fixtures hosted the Nike Air Max Icons collection this week with Leonardo Bonucci lacing up in the Air Max 97 inspired Magista Obra II as Italy beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Amsterdam. Taking on a typically wavy set of visuals and repositioned Swoosh to mirror the aesthetics of the Air Max, the Magista became the only boot from the Air Max Icons collection to get on the scoresheet thanks to Bonucci's winner.
Sergio Ramos (Spain) Nike Tiempo Legend 6
There was also Air Max representation in Paris as the Spanish central defence pairing of Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos both switched into the Air Max 1 influenced Nike Tiempo Legend 6 design as Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France. That's probably it for the limited edition Air Max collection on-pitch wise.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) New Balance Furon 2.0 Hydra
Jesus Navas was representing the latest offering from New Balance this weekend by lacing up in the limited edition Furon 2.0 "Hydra" with colour changing technology. The "Hydra" edition of the Furon 2.0 features a water reactive upper meaning that the white New Balance 'N' branding and matching trim on the upper react when struck by water and change colour from white to a vivd cactus green.
Ross Barkley (Everton) Nike Hypervenom 3
The Merseyside Derby kicked off the Premier League's weekend action on Saturday lunchtime, giving us a first on-pitch look at the Nike 'Motion Blur' pack. Everton's Ross Barkley wasted no time letting the Liverpool players know about his new boots by leaving marks of them on a number of red legs. Still, that lo-cut Flyknit design is a strong contender for the boot of the collection. Just not as strong as the Everton man's tackling.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) Nike Hypervenom 3
Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez opted for the Tech Craft edition of the Nike Hypervenom 3 this weekend as his side played out a goalless draw with Bournemouth. The Tech Craft transformation features an embossed Alegria leather suit, mixing the traditional black of the Tech Craft design with dashing bolts of "Electric Green." An alternative choice from J-Rod on a weekend where Nike were pushing newer colourways hard.
Tanaboon Kesarat (Thailand) Nike Magista Obra II
Thailand international Tanaboon Kesarat took boot customisation to new levels last week by sporting a graphic gold and black edition of the Nike Magista Obra II, finished off with a modified Dynamic Fit Collar. On first glance you'd be forgiven for assuming that the Thai midfielder was wearing a next-generation model but it's only on closer inspection that the identity of the design becomes apparent with its trimmed Dynamic Fit Collar.