Individual football players are now involved in the NFT market. Their release fan tokens offer unique digital rewards in video moments, collectibles, or cards. In this article we will look at the top 5 most expensive football NFTs.
Even though non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have no physical form, they carry intrinsic value and have made the headlines since Beeple’s one piece of artwork, digital-only, sold for more than $69m. As NFTs make their way into different spheres, they are finding practical uses in the sports arena.
Fan tokens exploded into the NFT scene last year, and supporters are buying them to have a degree of digital influence over their club. Apart from tradable, owners can cast votes on club matters and own a piece of influence.
Paris-based Sorare is one of the leading companies that have entered the market for trading football NFTs. The firm allows fans to use their NFT card collections to build fantasy teams, unlock more NFTs, and win Ethereum tokens. The following is a list of the five most expensive football-related NFTs ever sold.
1. Lionel Messi: “The Golden One” – $1,128,815
Argentine football icon Lionel Messi currently holds the record of having the most expensive football NFT ever sold in the cryptocurrency market. Messiverse, a licensed NFT collection, was sold in a public auction in August 2021. Famous artist Bosslogic included his 1/1 Messi card named ‘The Golden One,’ which had a reserve price of $50,000, but the price soon rocketed to over $1 million in bids. The last published bid for the card was $1.12 million.
2. Erling Haaland: Unique Sorare – $687,000
The next most expensive card on Sorare was Erling Haaland’s card. The Borussia Dortmund player is currently among the most promising strikers in Europe, providing users with an excellent prospect for his card. Users Zima Blue made the mind-blowing offer and bought the NFT for 265.10 ETH.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: Unique Sorare – $265,275.55
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is among the most popular players in the physical rookie card market. That Ronaldo has over 400 million followers on Instagram can only reinforce his online campaigns. Sorare sold Ronaldo’s unique 1/1 NFT for only 15% less than his most expensive physical rookie card ($312,000).
4. Kevin De Bruyne: Unique Sorare – $167,469
While most football diehards believe De Bruyne is seriously underrated and unappreciated for his incredible performances for Manchester City, things are not the same in the Sorare NFT market. De Bruyne’s NFT card on Sorare edged out Salah’s card as it was sold for 52 ETH.
5. Mohamed Salah: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics- $141,560.31
Salah is perhaps one of the best strikers in the world today, with a huge fan base in Europe and Africa. Leading NFT marketplace OpenSea released a special NFT of Salah hot on the heels of a brilliant hat trick against Manchester United earlier this season. At 35 ETH, Salah’s NFT card soon became the most expensive Wrapped Striker NFT on the platform.
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