With cryptocurrency firms showing great interest in the football market, trading football-related non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has attracted more interest than before.
Several companies have entered the market to sell their own NFTs of well-known clubs and football players. Paris-based company Sorare is currently the largest platform for trading football NFTs. Fans can use their collection of NFT cards to build a fantasy team and unlock more NFTs and win Ethereum.
Let’s take a look at the most expensive football-related NFTs ever sold.
5- Mohamed Salah: Wrapped Strikers, Iconics- $141,560.31
As one of the best strikers in the world, Salah has a huge fan base, both in Africa and Europe. After his brilliant hat-trick against Manchester United earlier this season, Opensea released a special NFT of Salah.
The card quickly became the most expensive Wrapped Striker NFT on the platform, with the auction winner paying 35 ETH to own it.
4- Kevin De Bruyne: Unique Sorare – $167,469
Most football fans regard De Bruyne as an underrated player, as his incredible achievements for Manchester City are often undervalued.
However, things were different in the cryptocurrency market. The Premier League star’s NFT card on Sorare outperformed Salah’s card as it sold for 52 ETH.
3- Cristiano Ronaldo: Unique Sorare – $265,275.55
Ronaldo is arguably the most popular player in the physical rookie card market. The Manchester United Superstar’s Instagram account has over 400 million followers, bolstering its massive marketing campaign.
Sorare sold Ronaldo’s unique 1/1 NFT for just 15% less than his most expensive physical rookie card ($312,000).
2- Erling Haaland: Unique Sorare – $687,000
Ronaldo’s Unique card was the most expensive NFT on Sorare until the company unveiled Erling Haaland’s card. The Borussia Dortmund star is one of the most promising strikers in Europe, providing users with a great prospect on his map.
During an exciting online auctiona user named Zima Blue made an astonishing offer of 265,100 Ethereum and bought the NFT.
1- Lionel Messi: “The Golden One” – $1,128,815
Breaking and holding records is what Messi has done throughout his glorious football career. The Argentine icon has the most expensive football NFT ever sold on the cryptocurrency market.
A licensed NFT collection called ‘Messiverse’ was auctioned to the public in August 2021. Famed artist Bosslogic added his 1/1 Messi card called ‘The Golden One’ which had a minimum price of $50,000. However, the price of the card soon skyrocketed to over $1 million in bids.
While the final sale price for the NFT is not available, we know that the last published bid on the card was $1.12 million. This is 161% of the value of the most expensive physical football rookie card ever sold.