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In recent months, some big-name soccer stars have decided to hop aboard the crypto bandwagon and launch their very own digital currencies. As prominent figures in the world’s most popular sport, these athletes have a massive global following, making it easy to drum up support for these new ventures.
Ronaldinho Becomes The Latest Soccer Star Looking Score Big With His Own Cryptocurrency
The latest soccer star to make headlines in the space is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira –known to soccer fans as Ronaldinho. The Brazilian-born midfielder was considered to be one of the greatest players of his generation. Now 38-year-old, the retired World Cup winner is launching his very own digital token known as the Ronaldinho Soccer Coin (RSC).
The Brazilian has teamed up with World Soccer oin (a startup company based in Malta) to assist with the launch. The altcoin will be released on the NEO blockchain and will have a total supply of 350 million.
The RSC token can be used in a variety of different ways. Providing access to e-sports and digital stadiums are two examples of what this new cryptocurrency brings to the table. These digital stadiums will be developed in roughly 300 different countries. The coin can also be used to buy content within virtual reality platforms, for gambling, and to purchase goods online.
In his statement regarding the project, Ronaldinho wrote,
“I want to bring a smile to as many people as possible through this project. I wish as many people as possible will have a dream and hope and become happy. I wish to contribute to the world as much as I can during my short life.”
While Ronaldinho may be the latest high-profile footballer to join the crypto craze, he isn’t the first. James Rodriguez, an attacking midfielder from Colombia, is another player who has decided to lend his name to a digital token.
Rodriquez, a 27-year-old standout for the Colombian national team, who also played for FC Bayern Munich, launched the JR10 token –with some help from a fintech company called SelfSell.
The token, which is available on a blockchain-powered mobile app created by SelfSell, launched a pre-sale on June 12, 2018. According to SelfSell founder Yuan Li, the altcoins sold out in just 12 seconds.
The JR10 Token, which is being marketed toward the FC Bayer Munich star’s fans, can be used to purchase things like game tickets, souvenirs, and exclusive merchandise.
When discussing the token bearing his name, James said: “Now I have come to a new field and brought everyone a brand new me.”
Retired English soccer standout Michael Owen is yet another well-known player who has decided to launch his own altcoin. The 38-year old former striker, who made a name for himself playing on teams like Liverpool and Real Madrid, recently announced that he would be releasing the “Own” coin.
For this endeavor, the former goal-scoring specialist is partnering with GCOX ( Global CryptoCurrency Exchange). GCOX bills itself as the world’s first celebrity cryptocurrency exchange.
When discussing the venture, Owen has said,
“ The world evolves, and I think sometimes you’ve got to be brave. And when you associate yourself with the best, then I think you can eliminate most of that risk.”
The token, which will launch through the GCOX platform, can be used to purchase Michael Owen’s merchandise and make donations to various charities.
As cryptocurrency continues its push toward gaining mainstream acceptance, we will likely see several more top-tier athletes join the altcoin party in the very near future.