Barcelona need to create their very own cryptocurrency to assist them “survive financially” towards golf equipment owned by huge firms and international traders, president Joan Laporta has mentioned.
Talking on the Cellular World Congress within the Catalan metropolis this week, Laporta mentioned Barca will launch a spread of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) within the close to future and are additionally engaged on coming into the cryptocurrency market.
Barca have turned down quite a few affords to companion with cryptocurrency firms as a result of they need to give attention to growing their very own digital foreign money in-house.
“We’re growing our personal metaverse, [which is why] we rejected the possibility to be related to any cryptocurrency enterprises,” Laporta mentioned as a part of a wider presentation.
“We need to create our personal cryptocurrency and we have now to do this ourselves. We’re completely different as a result of we survive financially from what we will generate by way of the trade of sport.
“We wouldn’t have huge firms or shareholders behind us. That forces us to be imaginative, revolutionary, courageous and be a step forward in lots of areas that encompass the sports activities trade.”
Laporta added that the membership hope to current their first vary of NFTs quickly as a part of a challenge that can “assist the membership’s funds.
“It is one thing we will share with our followers around the globe — round 300 million of them,” he mentioned. “I might announce one thing else, however I’ve to be prudent as a result of it is confidential nonetheless.
“The gamers know what we’re engaged on, that it is a trendy membership that makes use of recent media. There are clauses of their contracts associated to the NFT world and the metaverse.”
On sporting points, Laporta additionally mentioned that he hopes ahead Ousmane Dembele decides to remain on the membership past the expiration of his contract in June.
Dembele, 24, was instructed to depart the membership in June after refusing to signal a brand new deal, however coach Xavi Hernandez has introduced him again into the facet in current weeks, with the ahead scoring one and organising two in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Athletic Bilbao.
“He is aware of what our proposal is and that we have now at all times wished him to remain,” Laporta mentioned. “I hope he reconsiders his choice to resume on the finish of the season.”
The feedback symbolize a change of path from Laporta, who in the beginning of February instructed he was against Dembele playing for the club again and insinuating that he believed the winger had already reached an settlement to affix one other membership free of charge in the summertime.