Professional soccer player Alex Barrett gets paid 100% in bitcoin with Bitwage

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The world’s largest bitcoin and crypto payroll company Bitwage has officially made its way into professional football. On May 16, 2022, professional defensive lineman, Alex Barrett, used the Bitwage platform to receive 100% of his earnings in Bitcoin.

“I stumbled across Bitwage in a Twitter Spaces room a few months ago when they announced they were supporting UFC fighter Matheus Nicolau and his journey to getting paid in Bitcoin,” Barrett said. “I was amazed how Bitwage set this guy up so easily and with VIP service. I thought, ‘Why not me?’

Shortly after that first encounter, Barrett began meeting with the team. It wasn’t long before Bitwage was offering Barrett tickets to Bitcoin 2022 in Miami – the world’s largest Bitcoin conference – where the relationship was made official.

“When I came to Miami, I saw the bitcoin revolution in person. I was optimistic before, but something changed inside me,” Barrett said. “I absolutely loved it and it was great to meet the Bitwage team. They treated me like their top priority even before I was technically their customer.”

Bitwage CEO Jonathan Chester met Barrett in person in Miami to broker the deal.

“It was exciting for us to see Alex’s enthusiasm,” said Chester. “When working with athletes and influencers, we want to work with people who genuinely believe in bitcoin. Alex is in this for the long haul, and so are we. It was a natural fit.”

Bitwage is a company known for its premium payroll service that allows anyone in the world to get paid in Bitcoin without their employer having to be on board. This creates a solution where paychecks are faster, cheaper and accessible to everyone in the world. They have been offering this premium service since 2014.

How it works: You register with Bitwage and receive a bank account number. Next, you choose what percentage you want to receive in bitcoin, then give your employer the new account number. Once they send the paycheck, you receive bitcoin at an address that you control. If you haven’t committed 100% to bitcoin, you will receive the rest of the money into your regular bank account. This is exactly how Alex will receive his payments from the San Francisco 49ers from now on. Bitwage also has services for businesses that want to offer the benefit directly as well.

“When I decided to invest my money in Bitcoin, I didn’t know how or with whom,” Barrett said. “Luckily I found Bitwage and they got me exactly where I needed to be. My will to learn and dig deep into the bitcoin rabbit hole is relentless and I’ve finally found a company that thinks the same way.”

The Bitwage team flew to San Francisco and provided Barrett with their renowned VIP concierge service.

“The personal onboarding made me feel like a valued part of the company,” said Barrett. “That personal touch was unlike anything I’ve seen before. I definitely recommend them. But most of all I learned a lot. The company takes the time to help athletes and influencers really understand Bitcoin.”

“We take pride in our education,” Chester said. “It is vital that we spread the knowledge and educate our VIPs to become true sovereign personalities. But this treatment is not exclusive to athletes and VIP customers: it is available to anyone who signs up for our service.”

Alex symbolizes the continuation of a trend for athletes to get paid in Bitcoin. One of the top MMA fighters in the world earlier this year Matheus Nicholas became the first Latin American athlete to be paid in Bitcoin. Professional soccer players Achara Ifunanyachi and Alex Crognale took similar steps in 2021 by also using Bitwage as a premium Bitwage payroll service provider.

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