SERGIO RAMOS can only play and train in plain black boots after terminating his sponsorship contract with Nike.
The Real Madrid defender has been a with the American sportswear giants for ten years, but the deal will officially come to an end in February.
He initially spray-painted his Nike boots black, before reverting to alternate footwear of that colour.
Ramos is listening to offers from other brands, but in the meantime, will bring back memories of football of the ages.
There is a a clause in the Spanish defender's contract with Nike which prohibits him from wearing a different company's footwear.
Despite being regarded as one of the game's leading centre-backs, the Real Madrid captain is struggling to attract new bands due to his high wage demands, report Spanish daily, MARCA.
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Ramos has been in talks with Adidas, Puma, Joma, New Balance and Ander Armour, but has yet to put pen-to-paper on a deal with a new sponsorship company.
For decades, football boots were always plain and black, but the current trend appears to be to make them as colourful as popular.
Nicklas Bendtner famously pioneered pink boots back in 2008 in a Champions League match.
Although, they, too, have since become commonplace.
Andrea Pirlo has recently had special wine-coloured boots personally made by sponsors, Nike.