Sergio Ramos boots: Real Madrid defender has strict clause in Nike contract which states he can only wear plain BLACK boots

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.

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Osasuna- Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain 10/09/16. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates his first goal during the match. REUTERS/Juan Medina
Sergio Ramos can only wear black boots due to contract clause with Nike
Sergio Ramos appears to have sprat painted his Nike boots in black
Sergio Ramos appears to have sprat painted his Nike boots in black
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MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 10: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
Sergio Ramos is in black boots, while Real Madrid team-mates opt for bright colours
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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.

epa05519026 Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Spain's Sergio Ramos fight for the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Belgium at King Baudouin Stadium, in Brussels, Belgium, 01 September 2016. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND
Sergio Ramos in black boots while in action for Spain against Belgium
Football Soccer - Spain's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Reino de Leon stadium, Leon, Spain - 4/9/16 Spain's national soccer players Diego Costa (L) and Sergio Ramos attend a training session. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
Even in training, Sergio Ramos can only wear black boots due to Nike clause
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) boots during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Arsenal & Dynamo Kiev at The Emirates Stadium. November 25th 2008 in London England. (Photo by Marc Aspland/The Times).
Nicklas Bendtner sports pink boots for first time during match in 2008
There was a time where footballers' boots were exclusively black
There was a time where footballers' boots were exclusively black
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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.

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