WorldViews: Spain’s Real Madrid drops cross from logo to appease Gulf sponsors

By Ishaan Tharoor, November 28, 2014

Spanish soccer heavyweight Real Madrid dropped the Christian cross affixed at the top of its  official crest after signing a lucrative sponsorship deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. At an unveiling ceremony in the Gulf emirate earlier this week, the club's president, Florentino Perez, revealed a new credit card sponsored by the bank, which doubles as a Real Madrid club membership card. On the card, the club's iconic "Los Blancos" badge is missing the cross atop its royal crown.

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