Former Real Madrid striker becomes first-ever footballer to be bought with Bitcoin

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

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency invented in 2008 by an unknown person or group of people using the name Satoshi Nakamoto and started in 2009 when its implementation was released as open-source software. One Bitcoin is currently worth over 14 million Naira.

The 37-year-old Spaniard officially signed for Spanish third division team DUX Internacional de Madrid on Tuesday January 19, in a deal funded entirely through the use of bitcoin.

The transfer fee is yet to been disclosed with the deal yet to be acknowledged by authorities.

The club owned by footballers Borja Iglesias and Thibaut Courtois, said in a statement: ‘David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid, welcome to the infinite club!’ the club shared on its social media pages.

‘He becomes the first signing in history in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to Criptan, our new sponsor, for making it possible.’

Barral made more than 50 appearances for the Real Madrid’s reserve side, before going on to have spells with Sporting Gijon, Levante, and Racing Santander.

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