David Barral makes transfer history after being signed using Bitcoin
David Barral, the former Real Madrid B striker, has officially made transfer history after becoming the first ever professional player to be signed solely by Bitcoin.
The striker was revealed by Spanish third division side DUX Internacional de Madrid, more commonly known as Inter Madrid, after they teamed up with their new sponsors to cause a stir in the transfer market exclusively with cryptocurrency. No transfer fee has been revealed yet and the deal has not been acknowledged by authorities as of now, which leaves some doubts about the validity of deals in Bitcoin.
After announcing the signing of the veteran striker while he posed with Internacional’s shirt, a statement read: ‘David Barral new player of DUX Internacional de Madrid, welcome to the infinite club! He becomes the first signing in history in cryptocurrencies. Thanks to Criptan, our new sponsor, for making it possible.’
The club shared the statement on its social media pages.
Barral also added: ‘Glad to join the project of @interdemadrid with the ambition and responsibility to continue competing and achieve important challenges in my sports career.’
The choice to press on with Bitcoin has come from their links to their sponsors Criptan, which is a local platform used to trade cryptocurrencies, as per CryptoAdventure. It is a turning point in football history and could signify a shift in the way some clubs operate moving forward.
While this is technically the first professional transfer made through Bitcoin, there was an amateur side in Turkey in 2018 which made headlines all over the world. Omer Faruk Kıroğlu joined Harunustaspor at the cost of £1,226 worth of Bitcoin. Harunustaspor paid 0.0524 Bitcoin (£385) plus 2,500 Turkish Lira in cash (£841) to his services and it generated lots of media attention.
Barral, now 37, has made over 50 appearances for the Real Madrid’s reserve side, before moving on to have some time with Sporting Gijon, Levante and Racing Santander. Inter Madrid are generating lots of attention with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois among the ownership group.
The Belgian teamed up with friends Borja Iglesias and DJ Mariio to buy the third-tier side last year.