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Erling Haaland NFT trading card sells for £500,000, SMASHING the previous Cristiano Ronaldo record | Daily Mail Online

Erling Haaland NFT trading card sells for £500,000, SMASHING the previous Cristiano Ronaldo record | Daily Mail Online

An Erling Haaland NFT trading card sells for a whopping £500,000, SMASHING the previous record that had been held by a Cristiano Ronaldo version by around £100,000

Erling Haaland‘s status as one of the world’s most famous players continues to grow after a rare NFT trading card version of him was sold for a record £500,000.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is already seen as one of the best in the world and he is expected to help carry football into the future as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come to the end of their careers.

And already Haaland’s popularity is starting to outstrip Ronaldo’s, after an online auction on Sunday saw a late flurry of action see his digital trading sell for a figure that greatly usurped a previous NFT featuring the Manchester United star.

Erling Haaland bought for 265.1001 ETH (678327.53$) by Zima Blue on the primary market

Season: 2021-2022
Level: 0
Serial: 1/1
Price: 678327.53$

⚽ Sorare:

��: #NFT #Ethereum #FantasyFootball

— SorareBot by SorareData (@SorareBot)

Ronaldo’s NFT previously had the record of around £300,000 when it was sold in November.

However, the image on the Portuguese’s card was still him playing for Juventus despite having already played 12 times for United having rejoined the Red Devils last summer.

Even that price was seen as disappointing with, auctioneer Bonhams’ predicting a sale that could have stretched to £900,000.

The producers of the NFTs, Sorare, had claimed before Haaland’s card went up for auction that it ‘could go down as the most expensive auction in platform history.’

Haaland’s card eclipses a previous version featuring Ronaldo, which sold for £300,000

As the auction headed into the final minute many involved with the online bid looked on astonished as the value of the top bid almost doubled to the eventual sold figure.

The winner of the auction was a Sorare collector going under the username of Zima Blue, who paid for the card with 255.100 Ethereum – which is a cryptocurrency used to trade the cards.

Haaland’s card is now among the most valuable digital items in the whole of sport, but his trading cards have also proven popular in the physical realm too.

A one-off signed Topps Chrome ‘superfactor’ card produced during his debut season at Dortmund was sold for £330,000 back in July.

Haaland’s popularity means he has high value trading cars digitally and physically

The one-off Haaland NFT card can now be used as part of a digital trading card game in Sorare’s next-gen fantasy football game.

The game is based on real-world matches and players earn points of up to 100 based on their quantifiable positive contributions (goals, assists etc) and negative actions (red and yellow cards etc).

Five players feature on every team and online users compete in matchweeks.

What are NFTs?  

What is a NFT?

A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is a unique digital token encrypted with an artist’s signature and which verifies its ownership and authenticity and is permanently attached to the piece.

What do they look like?

Most NFTs include some kind digital artwork, such as photos, videos, GIFs, and music. Theoretically, anything digital could be turned into a NFT.  

Where do you buy them?

At the moment, NFTs are most commonly sold in so-called ‘drops’, timed online sales by blockchain-backed marketplaces like Nifty Gateway, Opensea and Rarible.

Why would I want to own one? 

There’s an array of reasons why someone may want to buy a NFT. For some, the reason may be emotional value, because NFTs are seen as collectors items. For others, they are seen as an investment opportunity similar to cryptocurrencies, because the value could increase.  

When were NFTs created? 

Writer and podcaster Andrew Steinwold traced the origins of NFTs back to 2012, with the creation of the Colored Coins cryptocurrency. But NFTs didn’t move into the mainstream until five years later, when the blockchain game CryptoKitties began selling virtual cats in 2017.  

Erling Haaland NFT trading card sells for £500,000, SMASHING the previous Cristiano Ronaldo record

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