Cristiano Ronaldo, currently in Qatar for the World Cup, will leave Manchester United “by mutual agreement, with immediate effect”, the English club announced in a press release on Tuesday.
“The club thanks him for his immense contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family a bright future,” added Manchester United on the departure of the 37-year-old Portuguese star, who recently strongly criticized his coach and his leaders in an interview with the English channel TalkTV.
In an interview with English presenter Piers Morgan, broadcast in several parts in mid-November, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo said of his coach Erik ten hag: “I have no respect for him because ‘he shows no respect for me. Not just the coach, but a couple of other guys around the club. I feel betrayed.”
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He also attacked the owners of Manchester United, the Glazer family, who “don’t care” about the sporting success of their team and had also scratched his former teammates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville, who criticized him: “This are not my friends.
No impact on selection
After a successful first spell (2003-2009) with three English league titles and a Champions League won under the management of Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Red Devils in the summer of 2021. But the non-qualification of his team in the Champions League at the end of the 2021-2022 season, then his reduced playing time in recent months, have complicated this second passage.
These recent scathing remarks precipitated the divorce. Last Friday, Manchester United announced that it had “triggered appropriate measures” in response to attacks by its star player. The Portuguese star had assured his side that his open conflict with his club “would not shake” his selection during the World Cup, which she begins Thursday against Ghana.