Nike makes the pinkest Mercurial in the village

Fans of butch centre halves and the phrase 'it's a contact sport' may want to look away now. This is Nike's new Mercurial Rosa and it's, well, pink. V

Fans of butch centre halves and the phrase 'it's a contact sport' may want to look away now. This is Nike's new Mercurial Rosa and it's, well, pink. Very pink.

The unfortunate players who've been signed up to don the luminous flappers are Arsenal's Niklas Bendtner (they'll clash terribly with your red socks, darling) and Marco Materazzi, who may receive another head butt from Zinedine Zidane as a result.  

Apparently, the boot's 'Speed Plate' technology and stitched stretch lace helps the wearer's acceleration and grip. Whether they'll get a chance to find out before being cut down by a furious centre half remains to be seen.

The Rosa doesn't have a scheduled launch date, so it's chances of entering Sunday League look slim for the timebeing.