TopGoal, a blockchain-based football game centered around collecting and trading officially licensed football highlights, has announced a second-round drop of NFT player cards featuring some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.
Football legends Alessandro Del Piero, Christian Vieri, and Gabriel Batistuta are the newest additions to TopGoal’s growing roster of superstars to be enshrined in NFT form through the platform. TopGoal’s first NFT drop was on Binance NFT in July, which included football icons Guti, Michael Owen, and Rivaldo. TopGoal has also partnered with Binance NFT for the second series.
TopGoal partners with famous football players, clubs, and institutions to create officially licensed, blockchain-backed NFT collectible cards, which can be bought and traded so fans can build their ultimate fantasy squad, collect the greatest moments from their favorite players, and even play the NFT cards in blockchain-empowered games which adopt the latest play-to-earn economic model.
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The surging popularity of NFTs has led to this entirely new play-to-earn gaming paradigm known as GameFi, which blurs the line between players and investors. Players can now earn tokens or NFTs for their gaming, which often have corresponding real-world value, and can also be used in-game to further increase their rarity or value or help power a game’s community.
Alessandro Del Piero is widely considered one of the greatest Italian footballers of all time, currently standing as the second-highest top-scorer in all competitions, with 346 goals.
Christian Vieri was named in the FIFA 100 list, which includes the 125 greatest living footballers. During his career, Vieri was considered one of the best strikers in Europe, once holding the title as most expensive player ever, when Inter Milan paid Lazio €43 million for his services.
Gabriel Batistuta started his storied career playing in Argentina but spent most of his playing days with Serie A club Fiorentina in Italy, where he remains their all-time leading scorer. He’s also the only player in football history to score two hat-tricks in different World Cups.
“Football is the most popular sport in the world and there are so many historical moments that deserve to be remembered. Bringing together NFTs and football can provide the chance for fans to collect these great moments of the players they support, build their fantasy squad and play the game with one-of-a-kind legendary football player cards. I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Del Piero.
“From what I know about NFT technology, it can help to easily validate the ownership of digital assets such as NFT game cards. One of the major problems with traditional cards is counterfeiting, as it can be very difficult to tell whether it is genuine or not. Even my autograph gets copied by counterfeiters and that’s not fair for fans! NFT technology can help to overcome this issue, while also allowing the cards to be used for playing games and other applications that support the technology. This seems very impressive to me. In my opinion, the combination of football with traditional star cards as well as the market for NFTs has got massive potential,” said Michael Owen.