One thing that is generating immense hype and hoopla these days is Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Those in the financial domain don’t need any explanation regarding this new phenomenon but for the uninitiated NFTs happen to be novel and non-interchangeable data that are securely kept on a digital ledger. Primarily, the tokens leverage blockchain technology to create a genuine proof of ownership of items like a photograph, video etc. Everyone from corporate magnates and film stars to sports personalities is going bonkers over the tokens by showcasing their own of late. So, let us find out the athletes who have launched or are planning to launch their own NFTs.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest of this era in football, Lionel Messi had launched his own collection of NFTs late last year in August. The crypto art was made with the Argentine legend’s image by digital designer BossLogic. Known as Messiverse, these are already up for grabs on the Ethernity Chain platform, a very well known name for creating NFT pieces for sports stars.
The “Hitman” of Indian cricket, who recently became the all-format captain of Team India, is also going to join the NFT club soon. Rohit Sharma had recently dropped news about his own NFT, which could be unveiled anytime soon on FanCraze, a company involved in building the cricket metaverse. The Token will feature the artwork of a rhino and Rohit’s autograph and it will be dedicated to creating awareness around the conservation of rhinoceros.
The wicketkeeper-batsman of India, who has been in and out of Team India for a while, has also entered the world of NFT recently. Joining hands with India’s squash player Saurav Ghosal and an American company, Karthik had announced the release of NFT “six for the win”. The token alludes to his heroics in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy final where the veteran player hit a six off the last ball of the match to win the title for India in style.
Indian hockey received a huge fillip post-Olympics when its Men’s team led by Manpreet Singh ended the barren run in the Olympics of close to four decades by winning a bronze in the 2021 Tokyo edition. This also boosted the popularity of captain Manpreet and prompted him to enter the universe of NFTs. The soon-to-be 30-year-old had clarified that he would launch his own NFT in future. However, the exact picture regarding the release of the token is not yet known.
The reigning Australian Open champion also joins the list of world-class athletes to jump onto the NFT bandwagon. The Spaniard confirming the development on his social media handle wrote, “Now I want to bring you closer to my game and my world in a way that has never been done before… There are more things to do with Autograph.” As per the statement, he will be teaming up with Autograph, a renowned NFT platform, to launch the token.