Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure from Manchester United has been officially announced. After Ronaldo’s heated interview with Piers Morgan, in which he blasted United and manager Erik ten Hag, the two parties have mutually agreed to terminate Ronaldo’s 37-year-old contract.
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A club statement released on Tuesday read: “In a mutually agreeable move, Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to end his time at Manchester United.
“The club appreciates everything he did during his two stints at Old Trafford, where he scored 145 goals in 346 games, and sends its best wishes to him and his loved ones.
Everyone at Manchester United is committed to building on the team’s recent success under Erik ten Hag and seeing it through on the field.
ESPN reports that unnamed sources claim United did not pay Ronaldo’s transfer fee despite the fact that he wanted to leave.
United attempted to terminate Ronaldo’s contract with the club early because the forward had complained to Morgan that the team had made “zero progress” since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and that he “doesn’t respect” Ten Hag. Ronaldo’s original contract termination date was June.
When he returned to United from Juventus in 2021, Ronaldo claimed it was “time for a new challenge” in a statement released at the same time. The following are some of the things he remarked: “The discussions with Manchester United resulted in our mutual decision to terminate the contract early.
“Nothing can ever change my undying affection for Manchester United and its devoted fan base. However, I think this is a good moment for me to try to find something more challenging to work on.
All the best to the team for the rest of the season and beyond!
Ronaldo is currently in Qatar, getting ready to play in his first World Cup game for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday. After his departure from Old Trafford, he can sign with any team at any time, not just in the January transfer window.