Real Madrid remove Christian cross from logo for new Middle East clothing deal
Real Madrid have removed the Christian cross from their club crest as part of a new clothing deal in six Middle Eastern countries.
The European football kings, whose main shirt sponsor is Dubai-based airline Emirates, made the deal with clothing manufacturer Marka. It grants the Emirati firm exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the football club’s products in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
The deal covers clothing such as T-shirts, polo shirts and swimwear, however it does not include replica jerseys, which are manufactured by Adidas and are sold featuring the cross.
Real Madrid were the highest revenue generating football club in the world for more than a decade. However, they recently lost that crown to Manchester United, and also fell behind arch rivals FC Barcelona.