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Former Real Madrid Striker Becomes First-Ever Footballer Bought With Bitcoin

Former Real Madrid Striker Becomes First-Ever Footballer Bought With Bitcoin

David Barral, the former Real Madrid B and Levante striker, has become the first-ever player to be purchased using cryptocurrency.

The 37-year-old has officially signed for 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.

Image: David Barral/@interdemadrid
Image: David Barral/@interdemadrid

So how much did Internacional purchase him for?

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The club, who are part of DUX Gaming - an eSports club owned by footballers Borja Iglesias and Thibaut Courtois, have not yet disclosed the total value of the deal, but the move for Barral was 'made possible' by the Spanish club's sponsor with Criptan.

Criptan are a local platform for the purchase and sales of cryptocurrencies, report CryptoAdventure.

In a post on social media, 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."

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Barral, who made over 50 appearances for Real Madrid's reserve side, also expressed his delight at his latest move.

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"Glad to join the project of @interdemadrid with eager ambition and responsibility to continue competing and achieve important challenges in my sports career." he wrote on his official Twitter page.

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Back in December, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung became the first high-profile athlete in the United States to be paid in bitcoin.

Okung, who will have exactly half of his NFL salary paid in the crypto-currency, has encouraged other professional sports stars to do the same.

"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."

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Thoughts on bitcoin being introduced into football?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: David Barral/@interdemadrid

Topics: Football News, Football, Money, Spanish football, Real Madrid, La Liga

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.