Luis Suarez is looking to score a major NFT win! The Legendary Atlético Madrid Striker has agreed to release an exclusive NFT Collection on Ethernity. The football star earned the nickname El Pistolero or The Gunman for his stellar career, including nineteen major trophies and seven league titles. So this NFT drop featuring one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest strikers of all time will surely attract football fans worldwide.
This NFT offering builds upon the recent success of Lionel Messi’s NFT drop on Ethernity. An NFT on the “Messiverse” pulled in over $1 Million back in August. The digital artwork featured the iconic football star striking a golden ball while traveling on a piece of meteorite.
A bit of Sports trivia: Suarez is known to have a close friendship with Lionel Messi when they both played at Atlético Barcelona. So it is only fitting for them to share the NFT spotlight.
What We Know So Far About The Luis Suarez NFT Collection
Ethernity has confirmed that renowned Digital artists Impossible Brief (also the author of the 4th Messiverse NFT art piece) and Visual Lab (Author of Pele’s NFT Collection) will be steering the project. Meanwhile, the exact date for the online auctions is still a surprise for the fans.
Another feature worth mentioning is the addition of ‘unlockables’ to each NFT art piece in the upcoming collection. Unlockables are physical or experiential assets associated or bundled to an NFT to add real-world value to it. Ethernity has utilized unlockables in other drops to create an extra incentive for fans and collectors. The strategy has been successful because it elevates the fan experience and brings ordinary fans closer to their sports heroes.
NFT Meets Sports
NFTs and Sports hit it off from the very start. Sports-related drops and projects featuring an athlete, a team, or an entire sports franchise have always been a commercial success. For example, NBA’s Top Shot was already celebrating more than 1 million registered users as early as May 2021. The Marketplace was able to attract NBA fans worldwide because the concept of buying NFTs mimics buying fan-favorite collectibles: basketball trading cards. So the idea of collecting legendary NBA moments using blockchain technology was an instant hit.
Moreover, NFL, along with NFL Players Association (NFLPA), inked a partnership with Dapper Labs to launch a Marketplace offering digital video highlights. Established Sports Franchises are going all-in because NFTs have created a new revenue stream for them. To illustrate, this deal will most likely make Dapper Labs the second largest source of digital licensing revenue for the NFL.
Sports-themed NFT Projects in the Metaverse are also doing well. Fantasy Football League recently secured $688 Million in a Series B Round. The platform now boasts over 180 clubs, 6000 licensed footballers and 600,000 registered users. The best part? The monster-like growth of the project is only the beginning because the team plans to use the fresh funds to build the next sports entertainment platform leveraging NFTs.