Size UK12 Made in West Germany
The final item in this lot is a pair of black Puma 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico cleats. Maradona has signed the left cleat in gold marker.
To coincide with the 1986 World Cup tournament, several new models of Puma football boots were released in Japan, with the yellow part of the Puma models standing out as an image of the Mexican sun.
However, I think that the model actually used in the World Cup was only Mexico finale. The player of the South American teams was mainly patronized, and it was impressive that the Brazilian defender, Josimar, who appeared like a comet at that time scored a wonderful goal wearing this model. Moreover, player Juniors of Brazil and Barrios of Uruguay were wearing them.
Brazilian player Josimar (left) and Uruguayan player Barrios (middle). On the right is a matchup of Puma Rare model favorites, Júnior (Brazil) wearing the Mexico finale and Clarke (North Ireland) wearing the Stepstar during the game against Northern Ireland, where Josimar scored.
Anyway, Mexico Finale, to be honest, I wasn’t at all interested in it when it debuted, and it wasn’t at a price a student could afford.
The original Mexico Finale had 12 studs, but they were replaceable. In order to compete with the Adidas FX series, a method was adopted that allowed easy replacement of studs instead of the screw type (left). The reissued version was introduced in 2011, but this is with a moulded sole (right).
The Puma Museum has this model on display as the one God (Maradona) used in the 1986 World Cup final.
Before (left) and at the end (right) of the 1986 World Cup final. Did God wear the Mexico finale on the way out…. Probably not, I don’t think God wore this model. Most similar model that he wore at that time is here.
Now, I don’t recall seeing the original Mexico Finale, even when it was on sale, and I didn’t know what the new system’s stud replacement method actually looked like. I tried to remove the studs, and they came off easily with an ordinary threaded stud tool.
However, it was very difficult to re-install the studs. Maybe it’s because I don’t know how to do it, but it looks like it’s pretty hard to replace 12 of them on each foot. I think the Adidas FX system is much easier to use. In Japan in the 80s, when soccer wasn’t professional, of course, there was no Roupeiro and the Mexico Finale was an unacceptable model.
One of the players who used the Mexico finale was Maradona’s fated opponent, Peter Shilton (World Cup Qualifier against Poland in 1989).