The football NFT-Game Sorare has made headlines this year with a record breaking NFT sale, as the player card of superstar Erling Haaland sold for an astonishing $687,000 in an auction on the Sorare platform. We took a look at the 7 top Sorare NFTs that sold in the past year.
The Haaland NFT sale was just one example, that shows that the market for football NFTs is booming. We currently see values of certain player cards jumping by several hundred thousands within days and weeks.
The biggest market place for digital football player cards is Sorare. Let’s take a closer look at it.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a hybrid of fantasy football and NFTs. Players can buy and trade football NFTs and can place them in the Sorare game, that is based on real-life player results. Sorare has partners with the leagues of many of the big football nations in order to reserve the player rights.
How to play
There is a free version of the game that anyone can play. You can sign up here to claim you 11 free players that you can play each week during the football seasons. The free cards, however, do not create any value and cannot be sold.
If you want to profit from the hot football NFT market, you will have to buy player cards on the market for real money. Depending on the player and how rare the player card is, the NFTs can be more or less expensive. As with most collectible cards, there are various seasons and editions.
What determines the price of a Football NFT?
The price of football NFTs is determined by edition, player and rarity. In the case of Sorare, the price can also depend on the performance of the player in real life.
Rarities on the Sorare platform are grouped into 4 groups:
- Limited (1000/1000)
- Rare (100/100)
- Super Rare (10/10)
- Unique (1/1).
A unique player card will therefore be more expensive than a rare card of the same player.
You can learn more about Sorare here: NFT Global Fantasy Football: A Quick Guide to Sorare
Top Sorare NFTs
We prepared a list of 7 of the most expensive Sorare NFTs. This list can change quickly do to the ever growing interest in football NFTs.
Erling Haaland: Unique (1/1) — $687,000
The Erling Haaland NFT made headlines in February 2022, as it sold for more than twice as much as the previous record holder which was the unique Christiano Ronaldo trading card. The player is not only outperforming for his team Borussia Dortmund in the real world. He is also leading the score for the most expensive Football NFT on Sorare.
Christiano Ronaldo: Unique (1/1)— $265,275.55
The superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is also popular in the NFT world. His unique trading card sold for more than a quarter million dollars. Why isn’t it more you ask? It appears that his age has an effect, as Sorare is also an NFT Fantasy Football game where real-life performance counts. This means that if a player doesn’t perform well in the real world, his card can become less valuable. Nevertheless, holding a brand name NFT player card with the CR7 brand will always hold its value.
Kevin De Bruyne: Unique (1/1)— $167,469
Although often underrated in real life football, Kevin De Bruyne is not underrated in the NFT world. This is why De Bruyne holds the third place of the most expensive Sorare NFTs.
Antoine Griezmann: Unique (1/1) — $110,668
French players are popular in the NFT world. Not surprising as they are defending their World Cup title this year. Griezman player leads in front of his country men Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.
Vinícius Júnior: Unique (1/1) — $114,634
The 21 year old Real Madrid player still has a great career infront of him, but his NFT is already worth more than $100,000. The buyer must have great faith in Vinicius Junior’s career.
Paul Pogba: Unique (1/1) — $92,491
The French football player at Manchester United is a popular Sorare card as he performs consistently well and is still a young player on the rise.
Kylian Mbappé: Super Rare (1/10) — $88,064
This player still has so much time to make it into the top 5 of the most expensive football NFTs. Kylian Mbappe’s Super Rare player card sold for $88,064. Let’s see what his Unique card will sell for. Enough to break the top 5?
It is likely that Mbappe’s unique will break some records in the future.
During the COVID years the market for digital collectibles has exploded. The Sorare market place has just started for which reason it makes sense that the market for digital player cards has just begun. With the World Cup coming up in Qatar in 2022, we can expect football NFTs to increase in value.