Former Real Madrid Striker Becomes First Footballer to Be Bought With BitCoin

 

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.

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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.”

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.”