First USL Pro Soccer Player Gets Paid In Bitcoin


Center back for the Birmingham Legion, Alex Crognale, has become the first professional soccer player in the United Soccer League (USL) to get paid in bitcoin.

Crognale took a total of 15% of his salary in bitcoin last month and facilitated this exchange via bitcoin payroll service Bitwage.


“I have been buying Bitcoin since 2020 using various exchanges, Coinbase, Binance, CashApp, I’ve tried them all,” said Crognale. “The Bitwage platform allows me to dollar-cost average into Bitcoin with ease and without transaction fees,” he said. “I have a percentage of my salary paid in cryptocurrency that is direct-deposited into my wallet.”

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