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Cryptoverse: Messi takes on Ronaldo in fan coin world cup

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The market for fan tokens, a volatile cocktail of crypto and sport, is heating up in the desert of Qatar.Interest in this niche breed of cryptocurrencies, typically linked to sports teams like Barcelona or Brazil, has been charged up by the soccer World Cup which began on Nov 20.Average daily trading volumes for these tokens have risen to around US$300 million in November from US$32 million the month before, according to Kaiko, a Paris-based crypto data firm."So we have (a) 10-fold increase in volume which is huge for these tokens," said research analyst Dessislava Aubert.For some buyers, these tokens offer the chance to engage with their side and gain perks such as the chance to win prizes and vote on songs played at matches.

For others, the tradeable coins provide a new investment opportunity.It's a brave investor who'd seek to divine any sensible link between erratic coin prices and real-world events, though.The token of Lionel Messi's Argentina side slumped 25 per cent to US$5.26 following the team's shock defeat by Saudi Arabia in their opening World Cup game.

Yet it has dropped a further 22 per cent since the team's subsequent victory over Mexico brought fan relief.The coin of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal rallied 119 per cent to US$7 in the 10 days leading up to the tournament but then proceeded to lose almost half its value even though it was unbeaten and top of its group heading into its clash with Uruguay on Monday, which it won to reach the knock-out stage.Similarly, in club football, Arsenal's token has fallen 12.5 per cent since the start of the season to US$1.68 despite their glittering run to the top of the English Premier League.The broader crypto market malaise is partly to blame for price drops,

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