Manchester United have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave the club with immediate effect via an official statement. This comes after the Portuguese forward slandered the club in an interview with Piers Morgan and even disrespected the manager, Erik ten Hag.
Manchester United Confirm Cristiano Ronaldo Set to Leave
Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2022
United’s Short Statement on Ronaldo’s Departure
The Red Devils took little time in making their decision on how to punish the 37-year-old after he complained about the various problems within the club and accused them of failing to evolve as a club over the last decade. They’ve decided to let him go altogether before Portugal’s opening game in the World Cup against Ghana on Thursday.
United wrote in an official statement: “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Manchester United will save around £17m as Cristiano Ronaldo agreed not to receive any pay off. 🔴🤝🏻 #MUFC
Plan was to invest on new striker in July but Man Utd are now already exploring the market to find a solution in January. pic.twitter.com/NCo0oLhokg
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 23, 2022
Ronaldo Reacts to United Departure
Ronaldo has not minced words with how annoyed he was at his second stint at Old Trafford and blurted out all his feelings in the controversial interview recently.
He has also released an official statement on his departure from Old Trafford, as he said: “Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. “I love United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
The 37-year-old has a pretty frustrating start to the 2022/23 season under Erik ten Hag, being benched for major games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. He even left the Spurs game early after feeling disrespected at being asked to come on for the last three minutes of the game.
Ronaldo only scored three goals in 19 appearances for the Red Devils this season. The Portuguese forward, who was dubbed as ‘phenomenal’ by England legend Alan Shearer after scoring his 800th career goal earlier this season, leaves United after scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances for them.