With the massive popularity of cryptocurrency as of late, it’s no longer surprising that even celebrities and athletes are embracing the trend of crypto trading. In fact, athletes that are getting paid using cryptocurrency is becoming a popular trend.

A report published by Smart Options in Chicago stated that Ted-Jan Bloemen is allegedly the first ever professional athlete to receive a payment in cryptocurrency right after his sponsorship deal with ONG Social which is a crypto community and social network at the same time.

That said, let’s explore those top athletes who are into cryptocurrency.

  1. Lionel Messi

Possibly the most popular athlete on this list, Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the most influential people out there. He’s a global brand ambassador who’s currently the representative for Sirin Labs who just developed the world’s first blockchain phone, Finney.

  1. Lothar Matthäus

Lothar Matthäus is the one responsible for Germany’s victory in the 14th FIFA World Cup held back in 1990. Right now, he’s managing a football team and is active in the German football community.

That aside, he’s also sharing his skills and expertise in modern development as a member of TokenStars, a blockchain company which aims to provide a convenient platform for connecting fans and advertisers. This helps take his football ambassador career to the next level and allows him to scout for talents in the sports industry.

  1. Luís Figo

Luís Figo was the original captain and prior owner of the Portuguese number 7 title. Outside of football, however, he is actively focusing on the creation of spaces for younger generations so they can get into sports for greater development.

Additionally, Figo is part of a group of retired athletes who are into the cryptocurrency craze. In fact, he’s the new brand ambassador for Football-Star, an ICO by Stryking Entertainment which aims to tokenize fantasy sports.

  1. James Rodriguez

Rodriguez of Bayern Munchen is yet another known athlete on this list who is actively into cryptocurrencies. In fact, he even announced his own token known as JR10, which he partnered with SelfSell, a platform which seeks to fund the training, education, mental and physical health, and other fields of a number of individuals.

This effort made him the first ever football player to become an active athlete and crypto trader.

  1. Michael Owen

After announcing his retirement from football by the end of 2012-2013, Owen then went on a new adventure. He, along with other known athletes, made an investment on the GCOX (Global Crypto Offering Exchange) which is the first crypto token exchange designed for celebrities. He even created his own cryptocurrency known as the “Owen Coin”.

  1. Manny Pacquiao

A world-renowned boxer and one of the top paid athletes of all time, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is also one of the many athletes who invested on the Singapore-based GCOX. He even stated that he would launch the “PAC Token”, his own cryptocurrency, to let him connect with his fans a lot easier.


It seems that the craze regarding cryptocurrencies is getting even bigger to the point that even celebrities and athletes are getting in on the action. Countless trading platforms such as Bitmex trading are now emerging on the market to make crypto-related transactions seamless and hassle-free as possible.