Rabat - To please their Muslim fans, Spanish giants Real Madrid have decided to make some changes to its world-famous logo so that a small cross does not appear.
Rabat – To please their Muslim fans, Spanish giants Real Madrid have decided to make some changes to its world-famous logo so that a small cross does not appear.
The new logo looks similar to the club’s 83-year-old trademark, except for the removal of a tiny Christian cross that normally sits at the top.
According to Spanish Sports newspaper MARCA, the altered logo was unveiled during the announcement of an officially-licensed credit card that doubles as a Real Madrid membership card issued by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
The edited version of the logo was agreed by Real Madrid in order to avoid causing offence or discomfort among Muslim customers as the team and the Emirati bank announced a three-year partnership.
The Spanish newspaper said that the Los Blancos are willing to compromise on aspects of its identity in pursuit of new fans in the Muslim region.
This comes at a time Real Madrid are beginning the construction of a $1 billion sports tourist resort in the United Arab Emirates. It is reported to be the world’s first theme park on an artificial island to combine tourism and sports.
“I know that the local people experience every match in a special way and that our links with the UAE are constantly growing stronger,” Real Madrid President Florentiono Perez said. “This agreement will help the club to keep conquering the hearts of followers in the United Arab Emirates.”