How football players enter the world of NFTs, web3 and the metaverse

Leo Messi, Alphonso Davies, Paul Pogba and many more. An overview of their NFT collections and investments.

Many football players try to enter web3 and NFTs. In this blogpost you will learn that this landscape is extremely fragmented and how Aera by OneFootball will solve that.
  • NFT Collections featuring football players
  • Projects with player involvement (as brand ambassadors)
  • Investments by football players (in companies and NFTs themselves)

NFT Collections featuring football players

Lionel Messi — Messiverse

Collectibles and NFTs of the Messiverse Drop on Ethernity featuring his jerseys at Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi’s collection powered by Ethereum (Source: https://www.marketing-interactive.com/)
  • Chain: Ethernity
  • Mint price: starting at 499 USD
  • Launch: August 2021
  • Use Case: Artwork + Rewards

Son Heung-Min — NFTSTAR Fan Pass

The recently launched NFTs of the Tottenham Hotspurs player Son.
Some of the NFTs that Son Heung-Min is going live with (Source: nftstar.com)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: 0.09 ETH
  • Launch: May 5, 2022
  • Use Case: Profile Picture (”PFP”) + Rewards

Wayne Rooney — Blockasset Legends

The former Manchester United and Everton player is featured in the England national team jersey in this drop.
Wayne Rooney is one of the five athletes in the Blockasset Legends collection (Source: blockasset.co)
  • Chain: Solana
  • Mint Price: 2 SOL
  • Launch: November 4, 2021
  • Use Case: PFP + Rewards

Megan Rapinoe — The Collective

Megan Rapinoe’s NFT shows the top scorer of the US national team in a powerful pose.
Megan Rapinoe’s NFT emphasising leadership of women in sport (Source: zora.co)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: Auction
  • Launch: May 17, 2021
  • Use Case: Collectible Card

Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Jr. NFTs feature the youngster of Real Madrid in multiple career stages, incl. Real Madrid, the Brazilian national team (CBF) and Flamengo.
The Vinicius Jr. NFT Collection can be viewed on Opensea (Source: opensea.io)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: 0.225 ETH
  • Launch: February 2, 2022
  • Use Case: Collectible Card + Rewards

Zlatan Ibrahimović — Laws of Adrenaline

The Swedish super star is trying to provoke.
In typical Zlatan Ibrahimović, his collectibles like to polarise (Source: Markersplace.com)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: Auction
  • Launch: March 24, 2022
  • Use Case: Artwork

Alphonso Davies — Mystery Boxes

The FC Bayern Munich left-back sold his NFT collection on Binance.
The different NFTs you could get in the mystery box. Only one lucky winner could get the Platinum NFT (Source: binance.com)
  • Chain: Binance Smart Chain
  • Mint Price: 10 BUSD
  • Launch: August 11, 2021
  • Use Case: Artwork + Rewards

Toni Kroos — “Iceman” Collection

The World cup champions and multiple UEFA Champions League winner has sold his mystery box on Binance.
Toni Kroos’ mystery box features an ice box (Source: binance.com)
  • Chain: Binance Smart Chain
  • Mint Price: 80 BUSD
  • Launch: March 31, 2022
  • Use Case: Collectible Card + Rewards + Charity Fundraising

Ludo Labs — Multiple players

Ludo Labs features players from different nationalities, backgrounds, clubs and stages in their career.
Eric Abidal as ancient emperor or Mohamed Elneny as knight. Ludo Labs creates PFPs of footballers (Source: https://ludolabs.io/)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: 0.15 ETH
  • Launch: November 25th, 2021
  • Use Case: PFPs + Rewards

Ronaldinho — Multiple projects

INFLUXO Magic Series

Ronaldinho’s collectible cards made by INFLUXO.
Influxe Magic Series (Source: influxo.com)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: 299 USDT
  • Launch: September 27, 2021
  • Use Case: Collectible Cards + Rewards

Dinhos

Dinhos are the PFP project by Shirtum featuring the Brazilian superstar.
Dinho NFTs on OpenSea (Source: opensea.io)
  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: 0.06 ETH
  • Launch: March 31, 2022
  • Use Case: PFP + Rewards

Baby Doge Coin

  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: TBA
  • Launch: TBA
  • Use Case: TBA

Metasoccer

You will be able to buy the Ronaldinho NFT at Metasoccer and get him for your team.
Ronaldinho will be playable on Metasoccer (Source: metasoccer.com)
  • Chain: Polygon
  • Mint Price: TBA
  • Launch: TBA
  • Use Case: Football manager game

NFT Projects with player involvement

Phil Jones — Red Lion Sports Club

Red Lion Sports club is a project by Phil Jones.
Source: https://redlionsportsclub.xyz/

John Terry — Ape Kids Club

John Terry’s NFT project might cause a lawsuit since some of the NFTs depict trophies of the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League.
Source: opensea.io

Memphis Depay — Memphis Lions Club

Memphis Depay has announced the Memphisverse.
  • Chain: Solana
  • Mint Price: TBA
  • Launch: TBA
  • Use Case: PFPs & Metaverse

Paul Pogba — CryptoDragons

  • Chain: Ethereum
  • Mint Price: starting at 1.5 ETH
  • Launch: October 2021
  • Use Case: Gamified PFPs & Metaverse

Brand Ambassadorships

Bruno Fernandes promotes the products of Realfevr.
Bruno Fernandes is the brand ambassador of RealFevr (Source: https://medium.com/the-call-up/bruno-fernandes-is-realfevrs-new-ambassador-bde2fa4fa997)

Football Players invested in NFTs

Investment in NFT companies

  • Oliver Bierhoff (DFB Manager), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona), Rio Ferdinand (formely Manchester United) & André Schürrle (formerly FC Chelsea) have invested in Daily Fantasy Sports company Sorare.
  • Mario Götze (PSV Eindhoven) & André Schürrle have recently invested in FanCurve, a platform that is supposed to bring football and fashion together.
  • In addition to FanCurve, Mario Götze participated in the Series A of Freeverse.io, a Spanish startup focused on “NFT 2.0” which they describe as a way to engage with NFTs as living assets rather than static tokens that just lie around in your wallet.
  • Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern Munich), Cesc Fàbregas (AS Monaco), Robert & Niko Kovač (formely FC Bayern Munich) have invested in The Football Club, a Munich-based company focusing on Daily Fantasy Sports enhanced with avatars and fashion.
  • Chris Smalling (Ex-Manchester United and England International Football Player) has participated in the $3.35M seed funding round of Footium.
  • GOALS, the Swedish startup that wants to push FIFA by EA Sports from the throne of football simulation games, has raised $15M to achieve exactly that. One of the angel investors is Gerard Pique.

Investment in NFTs

John Terry — Bored Ape Yacht Club & Mutant Ape Yacht Club

Neymar Jr. — Bored Ape Yacht Club & Mutant Ape Yacht Club

Reece James — Mutant Ape Yacht Club

Memphis Depay — Bored Ape Yacht Club

Mario Götze — RTFKT, CloneX & Murakami.Flowers

Nigel de Jong — Karafuru & LazyLions

Football makes the same mistakes again — it’s time for defragmentation

  1. Complexity: The NFT space can be highly complex, leaving users often with the question of not knowing how to start. And creating an account, called a wallet, on the blockchain can be an overwhelming process.
  2. Fragmentation: There is not a single platform that combines the different football digital collectible projects. Leaving the football fans not knowing where to start or where to follow their favourite football projects.
  3. Value: Fans are facing the question of what these NFT projects represent and what is in it for them. A clear path and an easy to understand value proposition for the NFT collections is key to attract football fans.

Solutions: Aera marketplace

Aera by OneFootball — football collectibles in one marketplace

Aera by OneFootball will be the number one marketplace for football NFTs and collectibles combining all clubs, leagues, federations and players.
The Aera marketplace will bring all the football clubs, leagues, federations and players together.

HATTTRICKS — football players in one collection

The starting line-up include FC Bayern München’s Alphonso Davies, FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Liverpool’s Sadio Mané, Inter Milan’s Robin Gosens and Manchester United’s Raphaël Varane.
The starting line-up of the HATTTRICKS collection
  • Chain: Flow
  • Mint Price: TBA
  • Launch: TBA
  • Use Case: Collectible Game & Rewards

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