Cristiano Ronaldo has announced his departure from Manchester United with an immediate effective date, The English Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
In a short statement, United announced that the decision, which came one day after Ronaldo made an explosive interview on TV about his anger at his club, was reached following a mutual agreement.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Ronaldo is currently part of Portugal Portugal nation’s team playing in Qatar during this year’s World Cup and said on Monday that his timing for his recent remarks on United would not impact the commitment of the rest of his Portuguese teammates.
In a conversation with Piers Morgan of TalkTV published just before the beginning of the World Cup, Ronaldo explained his feelings that United was a travesty to him and that he had zero respect for the manager Ten Hag.
Ronaldo’s departure from United is the second time he has left United. The 37-year-old’s time at United has come to a tense and disappointing close, scoring only one goal in his 10 Premier League appearances this season.
He’s been mainly employed as a substitute by Ten Hag. Last month, he did not want to take the field against Tottenham Hotspur, instead walking through the tunnel with only minutes of the game still to play.
It is expected to be Ronaldo’s final appearance at the World Cup, and beyond that, it needs to be clarified which team will be signing him for the remainder of the current season.
When he signed with United at 23, Ronaldo transformed himself from an untrained, skilled winger to one of the most skilled players in the world.
He took home 3 Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, and the Champions League, and the first of five Ballon d’Or crowns before moving to Real Madrid in 2009.
Ronaldo’s move to United from Juventus last season was welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm by United’s fans; however, his second time in the club’s stadium at Old Trafford failed to match the success of his debut as United ended the season without any awards.
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” said Ronaldo in an official statement.
“I am in love with Manchester United, and I love the supporters, and that will never change. But it’s the perfect time to find a new opportunity.
“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
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