Wayne Rooney joins NFT craze as ex-Man Utd star sells digital artwork of himself for £40 each on Twitter

EX-MANCHESTER UNITED ace Wayne Rooney has joined the NFT craze by selling digital artwork of himself for £40 each.

Fans collecting the unique non-fungible tokens hope their value will increase.

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Rooney is fighting an uphill battle to keep Derby in the ChampionshipCredit: GETTY IMAGES
NFTs can be purchased by fans

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NFTs can be purchased by fans1 credit

To promote the new partnership with Blockasset, the Derby boss, 36, even changed his Twitter profile picture to one of the portraits.

Rooney said: “Very happy to announce that I am now a Blockasset partner.

“Follow Blockasset for full updates on my upcoming NFTs as part of the Legends Generative NFT Collection.”

Blockasset is equally excited about its collection.

In a statement, they said: “It is inspired by childhood memories of opening sports cards and stickers, not knowing which athlete you will land.”

Rooney isn’t the only ex-pro to get into NFT.

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Chelsea and England legend John Terry has teamed up with ApeKidsClub.

Terry’s cartoon collection is made up of monkeys in the style of football cards.

NFTs are, however, considered risky investments whose value depends on the type of blockchain code on which they are based.

The Financial Conduct Authority’s watchdog warned investors to be “prepared to lose their money”.

They said: “Crypto-assets are unregulated and high risk. We have repeatedly warned that people should be prepared to lose their money.”

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