La Liga, one of the most famous football leagues in the world, will create its NFTs for the 2021/2022 season thanks to a collaboration created with Sorare, the project that brought fantasy football to the Ethereum blockchain.
Spanish League in NFT version on Sorare
Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, commented on the news as follows:
“At LaLiga we are always looking for innovative ways to offer our fans new and exciting experiences and to broaden the appeal of our competition, the greatest in the world. This partnership with Sorare enables us to reach new audiences globally and gives existing fans additional ways they can get involved with the players and the clubs they love. Sorare is currently the most exciting NFT sports project and we are thrilled to be working together to shape the future of football fandom.”
To date, Sorare has partnered with more than 180 football clubs and, according to figures released in the press release, would have as many as 450,000 registered users on the platform, including over 5000 monthly active players in Italy.
The statement issued today by the French company reads:
“Italy is second in terms of time spent on the platform, which this year alone has produced a turnover of over $130 million on Sorare for the sale of cards through blockchain technology”.
LaLiga includes footballers of the calibre of Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema and 1,000 other international players.
Sorare in turn has set itself the goal of becoming a partner of all 20 major leagues in the world by the end of 2022.
Nicolas Julia, CEO and co-founder of Sorare, explained the reason for this new partnership with La Liga::
“NFTs are the future of global sports fandom because they allow fans to come together and to feel ownership of the sports they love.This partnership isn’t just a sign of Sorare’s growing leadership in the NFT sports space, it is a major signal of intent by the sporting world that it sees Sorare’s unique ability to connect fans with sports through NFTs as a crucial part of their plans for the future.LaLiga is one of the best leagues in the world, home to some of the most exciting clubs and footballers on earth. We are very proud that they have become our first ever league partnership, and we are looking forward to working together in the years ahead”.
How does Sorare work
Sorare has brought fantasy football to the Ethereum blockchain by building a mechanism where each player corresponds to a virtual card that is nothing more than an NFT.
Users, by collecting different cards, can create their own team and compete for prizes and other cards. Teams are made up of five players, namely a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder, a forward and another outside player. Based on the performance of these players in real matches, just like in fantasy football, the line-ups are ranked and prizes can be won.
Founded in 2018, Sorare has become the leader in football on blockchain. Based in Paris, Sorare is funded by companies such as Benchmark, Accel Partners, Headline and also famous footballers such as Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann and Rio Ferdinand.
In Sorare’s press release issued today, we also read interesting numbers about the most sought-after players and the cards that have been trading in record numbers.
Most traded players
- Hans Vanaken: 2424 trades
- Declan Rice: 2035 trades
- Jonathan David: 1995 trades
Most traded cards
- Sergio Padt 2020-21 – Rare 13/100: 20 different owners
- Ander Herrera 2020-21 – Rare 18/100: 17 different owners
- Igor de Camargo 2019 – Rare – 52/100: 17 different owners
Most expensive cards
- Cristiano Ronaldo 2020-21 – Unique: 245,072 EUR
- Antoine Griezmann 2020-21 – Unique: 95,498 EUR
- Paul Pogba 2020-21 – Unique: 77,441 EUR
- Kylian Mbappé 2020-21 – Super Rare 10/10: 73,961 EUR
Most popular players
- Kylian Mbappé: 75,585 followers
- Neymar: 45,885 followers
- Robert Lewandowski: 41,824 followers
Most followed clubs
- Real Madrid: 64,301 followers
- Liverpool: 44,394 followers
- Juventus: 32,058 followers