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Copa América and Messi’s goalscorer trophy are sold as NFT on Ethereum

Key facts:

Unique cards have a value between 1 and 2.3 ether, that is, between 2,200 and 4,600 dollars.

10 gold cards of the champion team are traded starting at $ 5,000.

Almost no modern sports competition is excluded from the age of digitization. The Copa América trophy is no exception, and it is being auctioned as a non-fungible token (NFT). For its part, the award for the tournament’s top scorer, which was won by Argentine Lionel Messi, has already been sold.

The initiative arises from an agreement between the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Ethernity Chain, a company dedicated to producing this type of digital collectibles on Ethereum. As can be seen on the Ethernity website, The available NFTs are five and all refer to the final of the tournament, that the teams of Brazil (the host of the contest) and Argentina disputed, on July 10 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

In this way, collectors can participate in the auction of the champion’s trophy token, which was left in the hands of the Argentine National Team. There is only one card of this type available, and its minimum value is 1.1 ether (ETH), which is equivalent to $ 2,228 at the close of this note, according to data from CoinGecko. Those interested in the NFT of the top scorer trophy that Messi received after the event will have less luck, since it was already auctioned on July 12 at 2.3 ETH (USD 4,659).

The Cryptopedia of CriptoNoticias details that an NFT is a cryptographic token that represents a unique, unrepeatable asset of limited quantity. In addition to collectibles such as those mentioned, these tokens now include works of art, video game items, songs, and many other items that are digitized for commercialization. Many people even keep them to sell later, when their price has risen due to their scarcity and rarity.

Other America’s Cup NFTs to keep forever

Beyond these two unique pieces, it is also possible to acquire other digital cards that show the formations of the finalist teams in the defining match and their statistics during the competition. It is about 75 numbered cards whose value ranges between 38 Ethernity Chain (ERN), which is equivalent to USD 242 at the closing of this note, and 2,000 ERN, that is, USD 12,740.

Ethernity promoted the auction of the America’s Cup NFTs on its Twitter. Source: Twitter.

Finally, there are a number of 10 golden cards of the Argentine National Team They are sold at a value that is between 800 ERN (USD 5,072) and 5,500 ERN (USD 34,870). The rest have already been sold for 152 ERN (USD 963) and 700 ERN (USD 4,438). The cards do not have differences between them, and Ethernity does not clarify what the gap in the price is due to both the cards sold (in which it could be given by the offers received at the auction) and those that have not yet been sold.

The world of sports ventures into the NFT

The Copa América soccer was not the first sporting event to enter the field of non-fungible tokens. In fact, at the same time its equivalent in Europe, the Eurocup, was played between June and July 2021, which also chose to include new technologies in the contest. In this case, thanks to an alliance with Antchain, a blockchain company owned by Chinese payment processor Alipay, all the goals of the competition were registered in the Antchain blockchain, as reported by CriptoNoticias.

In a similar way, there are many other protagonists of world sport who take advantage of the NFTs to get closer to their fans and, why not, to obtain financial gain or even for charity acts. This last group includes former Argentine soccer player Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who launched collectible tokens of his 2010 titles with Inter Milan and will donate the proceeds to the Pupi Foundation, a body that he himself founded and chairs.

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