Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer rewarded with cryptocurrency tokens following his record for overtaking legendary Pele as the leading goalscorer in football history.
The Portuguese received a special present to celebrate his special record on Sunday, which includes a customized Juventus shirt with the writing ‘G.O.A.T.’ and ‘770’ on it to signify the number of senior career goals the former Real Madrid and Manchester United man has scored.
Ronaldo on Sunday before Juventus’ Serie A clash with Benevento received 770 Fan Tokens $JUV – one for each senior career goal scored, according to Marca, making him the first footballer rewarded with cryptocurrency tokens in history.
Although the 36-year-old went on to suffer a disappointing night as Juve put in a lackluster display and ended up losing 1-0 to Benevento, the Portuguese had something to celebrate. The defeat, moreover, saw the Bianconeri slip four points behind second-placed AC Milan and 10 points behind leader Inter Milan in the title race.
JUV is the official Juventus fan token. Launched in 2019 on the Chiliz (CHZ) blockchain in collaboration with the Socios.com platform, $JUV serves as a means of communication between the fans and the club. Fan tokens allow the supporters to vote on club decisions and participate in various competitions.
Since it was launched in 2019, JUV was priced at $2. Its current value is $15.26, which means Ronaldo was awarded $11,750 worth of tokens.
Meanwhile, the use of cryptocurrency in sports is growing in popularity lately. Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain are among the 24 clubs using crypto tokens already!