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.
Manchester United star, Bruno Fernandes alongside Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has won the Premier League Player and Manager of the month of December respectively. Fernandes upon receiving his accolade has become the first footballer in the English top-flight to be named Player of the Month four times in a single calendar year. The playmaker won the individual accolade for the months of February, May, November and December.
When Liverpool and Manchester United clash at Anfield on Sunday, there will be more at stake than just the usual bragging rights. The bitter rivals are engaged in a battle for the Premier League title, with leaders United sitting three points clear of second-placed Liverpool. We take a closer look at three duels that will define the vital showdown