Turn in the world of soccer: David Barral is the first footballer to be paid in Bitcoin. This was announced by his new team, DUX Internacional de Madrid.

David Barral nuevo jugador de DUX Internacional de Madrid ¡Bienvenido al club infinito!

Se convierte en el primer fichaje de la historia en criptomonedas. Gracias a @CRIPTAN_es nuestro nuevo sponsor por hacerlo posible.

David Barral is the first footballer to be paid in Bitcoin Revolution but he is not the only sportsman to have chosen them as a method of payment. Only a few weeks ago the similar turning point had arrived in the US NFL, with Russell Okung. Enabling the Bitcoin payment method in this case is Strike.

– DUX Internacional de Madrid (@interdemadrid) January 15, 2021

As you can read in the tweet the mode of payment will be in cryptocurrency thanks to the partnership with Criptan.

Criptan is a Spanish platform that allows the purchase of cryptocurrency via bank account or credit card. It also has its own Visa circuit 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 DUX Internacional del Madrid, with the ambition and responsibility to continue to compete and achieve important challenges in my sports career.“

While Criptan congratulated the player and the team, welcoming them to the world of cryptocurrency.
Who is David Barral, the first footballer paid in Bitcoin

David Barral is a Spanish striker, born in 1983. He will now play for Inter Madrid, in the Spanish third division, but boasts a past with the most important teams in Spain, including Levante and Granada.

After the recent experience in Japan in the ranks of Tokushima, he returned to Spain first in Racing Santander and now in Inter Madrid.

Sport marries Bitcoin

Unlike David Barral, Russell Okung was already asking to be paid in Bitcoin since 2019. While to tell the truth, looking at Barral’s Twitter profile does not emerge anything that would suggest his involvement in Bitcoin.

The fact remains that even soccer seems to be increasingly involved in the world of cryptocurrencies. Only yesterday AC Milan announced its partnership with Chiliz and the issuance of its fan token. Before Milan, the other Italian team Juventus had launched the JUV token for more fan involvement.

Then there is to mention the experience of fantasy soccer si blockchain enabled by Sorare. Numerous are the teams that have joined, whose players have become collectible and exchangeable NFTs. A few examples, among the most recent:

  • River Plate;
  • Real Madrid;
  • Inter Milan;
  • Bayern Munich;
  • Zenit Saint Petersburg;
  • Paris Saint Germain.

Among other things, one of Sorare’s advisors is Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué.

Ultimately, it seems that cryptocurrencies and blockchain are destined to make an increasing contribution to the world of sports.