The former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has become the latest football celeb to join the NFT craze by partnering with Blockasset to sell digital artwork of himself, for £40 per NFT.
Wayne Rooney, the record goal scorer for England and the former Man United ace, who once used to make well over £300,000 per week has found a new-age way to earn even more money; by selling £40 digital caricatures of himself. By doing so, he has become one of the latest celebs to venture into the Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) market. (Learn all about NFTs here)
Football fans who’ll buy these NFTs would be hoping for their value to appreciate in the future. The 36-year-old former footballer who is presently managing the EFL Championship team Derby County has even changed his Twitter display picture to one of the digital caricatures on sale.
While Rooney announced the Blockasset partnership via a tweet earlier in Oct 2021, the NFT drop happened later in Nov 2021, and the tokens have started gathering momentum recently.
Built on the Solana blockchain, Blockasset is an athlete-verified NFT ecosystem that connects sports fans to their idols like never before. It harnesses the potential of unique athlete content, community governance and real-world NFT utility to deliver a platform where both sports fans and athletes can be offered memorable experiences.
Some of the well-known licensed athletes featured on the portal include Michael Bisping, Muhamad Ali, Jonah Lomu, Leon Edwards and Alexander Ovechkin.
Rooney’s NFTs constitute a part of Blockasset’s “Legends” collection that hosts 10,000 generative NFTs overall. It is inspired by 5 legendary athletes, with each one having 2,000 exclusive NFTs dedicated to them.
Blockasset released a statement expressing excitement about the collection, in which it said, “[It is] inspired by childhood memories of opening sports cards and stickers, not knowing which athlete you’ll land.”
Rooney not the first ex-footballer to sell NFTs
It’s worth noting that Wayne Rooney is not the first ex-football star to launch his NFTs. John Terry, the England and Chelsea legend has an NFT collection to his name too. He revealed his association with ApeKidsClub via multiple tweets last month. The range is about cartoon apes in the form of football cards.