Former Real Madrid B striker David Barral has become the first every player to have been bought by a club using cryptocurrency.
The 37-year-old has been signed by Segunda B side DUX Internacional de Madrid this week in a deal funded entirely through the use of bitcoin – the digital or virtual currency that uses peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments.
The club is owned by DUX gaming, an eSports club owned by footballers Borja Iglesias and Thibaut Courtois. They have not yet disclosed the total value of the deal.
Real Madrid Set to Rival Atletico Madrid in Race to Sign Alexandre Lacazette From Arsenal
Transfer Rumours 19/01: Alaba ‘Agrees’ Real Madrid Deal, Alli Confident of PSG Move, Madrid Eye Summer Mbappe Move
Eden Hazard has been subject to a rather bizarre bid from Fenerbahce who want to bring in the Real Madrid winger on loan.
David Alaba Understood to Have Signed for Real Madrid on a Four-Year Deal From Bayern Munich
In their post on twitter, Internacional welcomed the experienced forward while thanking their sponsor.
“David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid, welcome to the infinite club!” the club wrote. “He becomes the first signing in history in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to Criptan, our new sponsor, for making it possible.”
? FICHAJE ?
David Barral nuevo jugador de DUX Internacional de Madrid ¡Bienvenido al club infinito!
— DUX Internacional de Madrid (@interdemadrid) January 15, 2021
Back in December, Carolina Panthers’ Russell Okung became the first high-profile athlete in the United States to be paid in bitcoin.
“Money is more than currency; it’s power,” said Okung in a statement.
“The way money is handled from creation to dissemination is part of that power. Getting paid in bitcoin is the first step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit.”
Paid in Bitcoin. https://t.co/Ey6oOcmLjA
— russ (@RussellOkung) December 29, 2020