Hong Kong, September 21, 2021 – Welsh National & Real Madrid club champion Gareth Bale will be dropping a collection of limited NFTs on September 28th through Crypto.com.
The NFTs come in two forms. The first is a collection of poster-like images of Gareth throughout his career that are offered in increasing rarity; with a select number featuring his signature. The second is a futuristic 3D recreation of Bale’s iconic Champions League goal from the 2018 Final for Real Madrid.
Bale sees the new medium as an incredible opportunity to create lasting moments for his fans, and empower emerging creatives around the world, like British digital artist DINES, whom he designed the NFTs with. DINES and his creative studio Studio Blup are pioneers of creative change and have designed transformative campaigns for Nike, EA Sports, Adidas, Levis, and more.
A portion of the revenue from the NFTs will benefit Wales-based Velindre Cancer Centre.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Crypto.com and London-based artist Dines, to release my line of NFTs,” Gareth said. “Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege to play for incredible fanbases around Europe and the world. Now, I look forward to giving something back to my supporters in the form of digital assets that you can’t find anywhere else. I also look at the blockchain and NFT medium as new a way to raise awareness for the causes that are most important to me, and so a percentage of the proceeds from each sale will go to Velindre Cancer Centre, which has been providing specialist treatment and supportive care to cancer patients across my community in Wales for over 60 years.”
“Gareth Bale is a football icon,” said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT Joe Conyers III. “Whenever we get to introduce a globally celebrated athlete to the NFT space, and welcome their fans into our community, it’s a historic moment that we really cherish. We’re honored to work with Gareth and Dines on this collection celebrating his storied career, and to do so in support of such a worthy cause makes it that much more special.”
Gareth Bale is a globally recognized professional football player who plays for thirteen-time European champions Real Madrid & represents the Welsh national team serving as their captain. Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back and earning acclaim as a free-kick specialist. Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, where managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into an attacking player
In 2011 and 2013 he was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year. In 2013, he was also named PFA Young Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year, and the Premier League Player of the Season. He was nominated to the PFA Team of the Year three times in a row between 2011 and 2013. Gareth joined Real Madrid on September 1st, 2013 for a then world-record transfer fee of €100.8 million, eclipsing the previous record the club had paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Bale played an integral role in his first season at Real Madrid, helping the club to win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, scoring in both finals. The following season, he won the UEFA Super Cup and scored in a third major final to help the club win the FIFA Club World Cup. Two years later, he was a key player in another Champions League run, winning the 2015–16 title and being elected to the UEFA Squad of the Season.
In one of the most memorable moments in football history, Gareth scored the winner with a stunning overhead kick in the 2018 European Champions League Final – a goal widely regarded as one of the greatest Champions League goals of all time.
Bale made his senior international debut for Wales in May 2006, becoming the youngest player at that point to represent Wales. He has since earned over 90 caps and scored 33 international goals, making him Wales’ highest scorer of all time. He has been named Welsh Footballer of the Year a record six times.”
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