- FC Barcelona and NFT initiative World of Women unveil the second “Masterpieces” collection NFT, dedicated to Alexia Putellas.
- The “Empowerment” NFT auction will begin on June 26 on OpenSea, offering the winner the chance to meet Putellas and receive signed memorabilia.
Spanish soccer colossus FC Barcelona has joined forces with NFT platform World of Women to unveil the second piece in their 10-part “Masterpieces” collection. This collection artistically highlights the feats of remarkable past and present players.
Titled “Empowerment,” the digital artwork is the creation of Rhi Madeline. It celebrates women’s club captain Alexia Putellas, embodying transformation and progression, as per the club’s description. The golden artwork portrays Putellas during the Women’s Champions League semi-final match against German team Wolfsburg in 2022. In that pivotal game, Putellas netted a brace (two goals), securing her team’s victory.
The “Empowerment” NFT will be auctioned over two days, starting June 26 exclusively on the OpenSea marketplace. This NFT, minted on the Ethereum scaling network Polygon, offers physical benefits that include a meeting with Putellas, a signed pair of boots, and a physical seat from Barcelona’s stadium, Spotify Camp Nou, autographed by Putellas.
Speaking about the collaboration, World of Women COO Shannon Snow explained the mutual goal of both parties was to foster the growth of female representation in soccer. For this mission, Putellas was an ideal embodiment.
“Representation in women’s soccer and generally women’s sports has been a historical issue. Through this partnership, World of Women aims to spotlight women’s resilience in sports, initiating critical discussions on past and current challenges,”
She further praised Putellas, one of the most decorated female soccer athletes, who represents the rise of women in sports at one of the world’s premier soccer clubs. The goal, according to Snow, is to etch the perseverance, ambition, and strength of women like Putellas into the blockchain, creating an enduring legacy.
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FC Barcelona’s initial Masterpiece NFT was dedicated to Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff. His NFT, named “In A Way, Immortal,” was auctioned at Sotheby’s in July 2022. This unique digital artwork minted on Polygon was sold for $693,000, offering various utilities, including meet-and-greets and the chance to play at Spotify Camp Nou.