David Barral is the first soccer player to be paid in Bitcoin. This was announced by his new team, Madrid International DUX.
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David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid Welcome to the infinite club!
– DUX International of Madrid (@interdemadrid) January 15, 2021
As you can read in the tweet, the payment method will be Bitcoin thanks to the association with Cryptan.
Criptan is a Spanish platform that allows the purchase of cryptocurrencies through a bank account or credit card. It also has its own Visa credit card that allows users to spend cryptocurrencies both in physical stores and online.
David Barral in a tweet commented:
"I am happy to join Madrid's DUX International project, with ambition and responsibility to continue competing and achieving important challenges in my sports career."
While Criptan congratulated the player and the team, welcoming you to the world of cryptocurrencies.
About David Barral, the first footballer paid in Bitcoin
David Barral is a Spanish striker, born 1983. Now he will play for Inter de Madrid, in the Spanish third division, but he has a past with the most important teams in Spain, including Levante and Granada.
After his recent experience in Japan with Tokushima, he returned to Spain, first to Racing de Santander and now to Inter de Madrid.
The world of sports embraces Bitcoin
David Barral is the first soccer player to be paid in bitcoin, but he is not the only athlete who has chosen bitcoin as a payment method. Just a few weeks ago, a similar development occurred in the US NFL with Russell okung. In this case, Strike enable the payment method in Bitcoin.
Unlike David Barral, Russell Okung was already asking to be paid in Bitcoin in 2019. Whereas, to be honest, when looking at Barral's Twitter profile, nothing happens to suggest his involvement in Bitcoin.
The fact is that even soccer seems to be increasingly involved in the world of cryptocurrencies. Just yesterday, the AC Milan announced its association with Chiliz and the issuance of its fan token. Before AC Milan, the other Italian team, Juventus, had launched the JUV token to increase fan engagement.
There is also the experience of blockchain fantasy football enabled by Sorare. Numerous teams have joined, whose players have become collectible and interchangeable NFTs. Some examples, among the most recent:
- River Plate;
- Real Madrid;
- Bayern Munich;
- Zenit Saint Petersburg;
- Paris Saint Germain.
In addition, one of Sorare's advisers is the Barça footballer Gerard Piqué.
In conclusion, it seems that cryptocurrencies and blockchain are destined to do a growing contribution to the world of sport.