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<p>£74.99, sportsdirect.com</p>
<p>Most of Adidas's new boots are more colourful than a Rio parade. For connoisseurs, the Copa Mundial design, which first came out in 1979, is an enduring choice.</p>

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Stroke the ball like Xavi or thump it like the Kaiser with this wide selection of boots for all levels of player

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