Sport-locker.net can today announce that PUMA has signed a new partnership with the Portuguese international goalkeeper Rui Patrício.
The Sporting Lisbon stopper will wear PUMA Power gloves and evoSPEED boots for all matches he plays in for his club team and country.
Rui Patrício, who made his debut for the national team in 2010, has cemented his place as the Portugese number one following a host of impressive performances, most recently in Poland and Ukraine during the 2012 European Championships.
The 24-year-old star is now in his sixth season as the Sporting Lisbon first choice goalkeeper, having established himself at a young age following his emergence from the Sporting youth academy. Rui Patrício joins Sergio Agüero, Cesc Fàbregas, Radamel Falcao, Yaya Touré, Marco Reus and many other international players that partner with PUMA.
Rui Patrício commented: “Signing this new partnership with PUMA is a great move for me, and I am very happy to have done so. I have worn PUMA gloves and boots in recent games, and the quality of both has very much impressed me. They have presented some plans of what they would like to do with me in the coming months and years, and it is clear they recognise and value my potential as a player and marketing asset, and I am very delighted to be working with them.”
Gianluigi Buffon, PUMA’s long-term goalkeeping ambassador added: “”I am very happy to welcome Rui Patrício to the PUMA family. He is a goalkeeper with huge talent, and I am sure he will have the same satisfaction and contentment working with PUMA that I have enjoyed. I wish him the very best of luck.”
Rui Patrício will be wearing the PowerCat 1.12 Protect Glove that features a 4mm ultimate latex palm for unrivalled grip in both wet and dry conditions. The gloves that are designed with a latex backhand for increased comfort and fit additionally feature an elasticated wristband that provides support and a secure closure. Breathable thumb and finger gussets were added for moist management and a maximum of comfort.
In addition, Rui Patrício will wear the PUMA evoSPEED 1 FG boot that features the criteria of light, flex and fit. The upper features a soft and ultrathin microfiber material whilst stability is provided by the internal EverFit cage. The anatomically engineered lightweight one-piece outsole provides stability and support, utilising high-tech materials to minimize weight and to maximize its flexibility and reactivity.
The evoSPEED 1 FG features an external heel counter which secures an excellent heel fit and the new PUMA evoAptoLast which provides an industry leading fit.