March 07, 2019 5 min read

From Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar to Jadon Sancho, Bernardo Silva and Vinicius Junior, everybody wants to know what gear pros wear when showcasing their talents in huge stages such as the World Cup, Champions League, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and La Liga.

 

Playing every match in front of worldwide audiences eager for their next move, pros are always pressured to perform. As there’s not much space for failure they surround themselves with the best there is – teammates, coaches and gear, such as boots, shin guards and grip socks.

 

When it comes to boots, they pick and use one from their sponsor. It’s a commercial deal, but with high-end technology, top and lightweight materials, big brands are the ones with the best boots out there so top players are well equipped. The industry giants completely rule the boot market – both with pros, casual and amateur players.

 

It’s a different story when it comes to not-usually visible on TV football equipment, such as shin guards. On that pros opt for the best product in the market even if it’s not produced by their boot sponsor. Check it out:

 

Brazilian star Neymar with SAK shin guards under his white Brazil’s Nike socks on Russia 2018.

Brazilian star Neymar with SAK shin guards under his white Brazil’s Nike socks on Russia 2018.

 

Chelsea winger William match gear – with SAK shin guards - on a Premier League weekend.

Chelsea winger William match gear – with SAK shin guards - on a Premier League match day.

 

Gonçalo Higuain apparel for a World Cup match in Russia 2018.

 

Pros look for two things when it comes to shin guards: comfort and protection. They don’t want one without the other. They must feel protected but don’t want to have something bothering them right in the legs – like shin guards bouncing when they run, pass and shoot. That’s why they choose lightweight comfortable materials, with soft cushioning and perfect fit.

 

There’s another factor that influences pro footballers choice for a specific shin guard and it’s one more reason why they wear SAK: besides it’s perfect fit, lightweight and comfortable materials, they layout can be customised. Be it a cartoon, family images or one inspiring alternative layout, pros like to have a custom designed shin guard that inspires them on the pitch.

 

World Cup Champion Paul Pogba with his customized SAK shin guard honouring his father.

World Cup Champion Paul Pogba with his customised SAK shin guard honouring his father.

 

Different players, different styles. Some players want a bigger shin guard – one that covers a bigger part of his leg – while others want it as small as possible. Former Manchester United Dutch winger Memphis Depay, who currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, takes it to extreme with a custom made SAK shin that covers only a small bit of his shin. Pogba goes in a different direction with a medium sized SAK shin guard. You can read more about how to wear shin guards in this post. (link to following week blog post when published)

Memphis Depay small shin guards low on his legs. Photo: Philippe Lecoeur

 

Get to know the shin guards protecting FC Porto on it's amazing Champions League campaign

 

The World Champions’ shin guards

When preparing for 2018 World Cup, the French National team doctors met SAK shin guards. Amazed by the product’s protection capability and comfort, they decided to gear all players with SAK. All of them got new customised shin guards worn in matches against the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and Luka Modric on their way to get crowned World Champions.

 

French star Paul Pogba was captured on and off the field with his SAK shin guards. The Manchester United midfielder sadly lost his father due illness a few months before World Cup and decided to honour him in his SAK shin guards layout. Inspired by his father, he kept him closely with him in what probably will be the most memorable moment of his entire career: lifting the World Cup trophy.

 

French National Team and Manchester United star Paul Pogba lifts the World Cup trophy and keeps him father closes to him with an inspiring SAK shin guard.

French National Team and Manchester United star Paul Pogba lifts the World Cup trophy and keeps him father closes to him with an inspiring SAK shin guard.

 

Want to see more pros shin guards? Check this out:

 

Atlético’s Diego Costa wearing SAK against Juventus on Champion’s League 2019/20 at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atlético’s Diego Costa wearing SAK against Juventus on Champion’s League 2019/20 at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

 

Arsenal’s Uruguayan Lucas Torreira holds his SAK shin guards after a home match at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s Uruguayan Lucas Torreira holds his SAK shin guards after a home match at Emirates Stadium.

 

Real Madrid’s Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is another football star who chooses SAK.

Real Madrid’s Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is another football star who chooses SAK.

 

Former FC Barcelona and Manchester City Yaya Toure football shin guards.

Former FC Barcelona and Manchester City Yaya Toure shin guards.

 

SAK shin guards range

SAK has a football shin guard for everyone. With a full range for men, women and kids, SAK develops different types of shin guards with different price range so you can try out and wear the same shin guard brand as the pros.

 

SAK Shape is our entry level shin guard. Developed for the casual footballer who wants to give it a try to the best shin guard brand in the market. It’s available in four sizes (XS, S, M and L).

 

SAK Morph is a level up. With lighter, even more comfortable and protective material, it can be customised with name and number or with a fully new layout – chosen by the buyer. Besides four sizes (XS, S, M and L) it has 3 different leg shapes footballers can choose for a better fit (Thin Regular and Large).

 

SAK Athena is the one and only shin guard developed for women footballers. 100% designed following the female anatomy, it can be partially or fully customised such as SAK Morph. It’s also available in four sizes (XS, S, M and L) and has 2 different leg shapes footballers can choose for a better fit (Thin and Regular and L).

 

SAK PRO is our custom made shin guard. Being made specifically for the clients leg shape, it offers enhanced fit and unmatched comfort. SAK PRO are made in 4 sizes (S, M, L and XL) and it's design can be fully customised.

 

SAK Elite is our top and tailor-made football shin guard. it’s 100% build for your leg profile. To order a SAK Pro, footballers get up on our exclusive 3D Scan for mapping his leg shape and build a perfect fitted football shin guard. SAK Pro have also customisable layout for a unique and inspiring final result. This is how it works:

 

 

Meet our men's football shin guards range.

Meet our women's football shin guard range.

Meet our kids football shin guards range.

 

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