Brazilian soccer powerhouse Neymar doesn’t love only his sport—he apparently has a soft spot for basketball, too. Last year, he posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a Jumpman hat with Michael Jordan smiling by his side. Now the 24-year-old has working with Jordan in a business venture.
Nike confirmed rumors that Jordan Brand had signed Neymar as its first-ever soccer ambassador—past Jordan celeb names include LeBron James, Drake and Eminem—by releasing the co-branded Hypervenom shoe on June 1 via the Nike Football app.
Two sports, one focus.
— Nike Football (@nikefootball) June 1, 2016
Neymar Jr.’s Brasil number, 10, appears on the lateral side of the left boot and per Neymar Jr.’s request, the number 23 is on the right boot paying homage to Jordan.
What’s more, Jordan’s iconic cement print is recreated on the soleplate of the Hypervenom, along with the Jumpan logo underfoot. The initials of Neymar Jr.’s son (“DL”) appear on the laces, as does the icon of the Brasil flag.
Both numbers appear in the respective font of the jerseys worn by the athletes. The sockliner and packaging feature a lock-up of Jordan and Neymar’s logos, while the boot heel features the Jumpman exclusively.
Neymar’s line will have a version of 1989’s Air Jordan Hypervenom Phantom 2, a design that was inspired by the P-51 Mustang fighter of World War II fame. These are the boots Neymar will be wearing when he hits the field for FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.
The NJR x JORDAN Hypervenom football boot takes inspiration from the Jordan V, Neymar Jr.’s favorite. “The Jordan V is very iconic and has the fighter jet shark teeth on the front,” stated Nathan VanHook, Nike Football Sr. Design Director, “and the Hypervenom II that Neymar Jr. wears has an almost modernized version of that feature, so we took those elements and put them together.”
Neymar, who hung out with the Mets this week, showed that while he’s not quite as good at baseball as Jordan was, the fans still love him.
The NJR x JORDAN collection are available in youth and adult sizes now via the Nike Football App and on June 3 on Nike.com. The new shoes will go on sale Friday for $200 a pop, reports the Boombox—less than the $375 that had been originally rumored.