adidas today unveiled the next generation of the adizero F50 soccer cleat, redesigned with a stronger, more aerodynamic construction and engineered for speed.

Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi will debut the super light 5.8 ounce adizero F50 today in his UEFA Champions League match.

“Speed is such a big part of the modern game,” said Antonio Zea, director of soccer for adidas America.  “We wanted to give the elite soccer player a competitive advantage with a cleat that is light and fast.  The adizero F50’s lightweight and supportive construction is making the fastest players in the game even faster, delivering speed in bold colors and designs that make players excited to step on the field and perform.”

The updated adizero F50 features a new textured and synthetic SPRINTSKIN upper designed to elevate performance in all weather conditions.  This water wicking material and an elevated ridge patterning allows water to slide off the cleat rather than be absorbed—keeping the foot dry and the cleat light even in heavy rain.  The cleat’s SPRINTFRAME adds support to the heel for stability in cuts and acceleration while a new internal SPRINTWEB provides exceptional ball control at high speeds and a supple but stable construction for ease of lateral movement.

The new adizero F50 is micoach Speed Cell combatable, helping players measure, view and share their stats.  micoach technology includes an advanced accelerometer that captures 360-degree movement and measures performance metrics during practice or gameplay.  The chip’s unique on-board memory stores up to seven hours of data, wirelessly syncs with the user’s smartphone and uploads performance stats that can be shared through Facebook and Twitter.