Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect on Tuesday after making adverse claims in an interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized United and manager Erik ten Hag.
Manchester United released a statement that said “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”.
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
“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”.
The club, according to Ronaldo, has made "zero progress" since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. He said “I wasn't expecting the club to remain the same after I left it in 2009 but it exhibited no signs of changing when I joined it again”.
Ronaldo said that I don't respect him because they don't respect me and they don't care about the challenges that players endure. For instance, in April when his new-born son passed away.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 22, 2022
Ronaldo, who re-joined United from Juventus in 2021 tweeted today "Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early”.
"I love Manchester 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."
Ronaldo is presently in Qatar preparing for his first game at the World Cup, with Portugal due to face Ghana on Thursday. After leaving Old Trafford, he can sign with any team; he won't have to wait until the January transfer window.