Interview: Football Legend Luis Figo Doesn’t Own Cryptocurrencies, Yet

As CCN covered earlier this year, legendary Portuguese football star Luís Figo has recently signed to serve as a brand ambassador for Stryking Entertainment, making him one of the latest celebrities to promote an initial coin offering (ICO).

Luís Figo, winner of both the 200 Ballon d’Or and the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year awards, stated at the time that he immediately liked Stryking Entertainment’s platform, Football-Stars, which seeks to tokenize fantasy sports.

The company plans to use Figo’s help to distribute its STRYKZ token through an ICO. CCN managed to sit down and chat with Stryking Entertainment and Luís Figo. While we only had a few minutes to chat, we got some interesting perspectives.

During our interview, Figo revealed he has always loved the business world, and that he kept on running his own business after retiring as a professional footballer. When asked when he first found out about cryptocurrencies, he noted he wasn’t an expert, although he acknowledged the industry, and businesses within it, are “very new.”

His role with Stryking, he added, is more about creating a community rather than worrying about cryptocurrencies., although these are connected to the project, he said. As a follow-up, we had to ask whether he owned any cryptocurrencies himself.

Figo replied:

“No. Not yet. I’m still traditional in that area, but it’s something that’s booming now and of course you have to be informed and on top of that.”

By becoming Stryking’s brand ambassador, Figo joined a growing list of celebrities endorsing ICOs. Among them are eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, famous footballer Luís Suarez, and English football star Michael Owen.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the founders of Centra Tech – whose token sale was promoted by Floyd Mayweather on social media – with fraud. These endorsements saw the regulator issued a bulletin stating these celebrity ICO endorsements may in some cases be illegal…

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