Edson Arantes do Nascimento 'Pelé' announced this Friday the launch of its first collection of NFT (Non-Fungible Token or cryptographic token) on a platform specialized in digital art.
“My friends, I am happy to announce that Ethernity is launching a legendary NFT in my tribute. I think it's great to be immortalized in that way. What an honor!”, Wrote the King of Soccer on his Twitter account.
The collection, created by the artists Kingsletter and Visual Lab, will be available from May 2 next and aims to immortalize the best moments of the former footballer's career, considered by many to be the best player of all time.
Throughout his two decades of professional career, Pelé, who turned 80 in October, scored more than 1,000 goals and won three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970).
In recent years, he has been honored in countless exhibitions, films, songs, and documentaries, the most recent one released this past February.
Now, Pelé will also leave his mark on the innovative NFT works, which can be created from video, photos or animated gifs.
“1,282 goals. 1,363 games. The most valuable exchange figurine in football. The first authentic NFT,” the company said in a promotional video, in which it refers to the cards of players from the past that marked entire generations.
NFTs are a new kind of digital art, original and exclusively binary that make use of the technology of “blockchain”, the same that sustains cryptocurrencies.
They create an unalterable record of unique digital content that cannot be copied without losing its cryptographic signature of authenticity, to which everyone has access on the internet and which allows the provenance of that content to be verified.