The club announced on Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo will depart Manchester United by mutual consent and with immediate effect. Due to his recent interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, Ronaldo has been under heavy fire.
Ronaldo criticised the club in the interview for a number of reasons. He even claimed that a few club executives were attempting to “push him out.” The explosive interview appears to have played a role in United’s decision to part ways with Ronaldo. Following a recent television interview in which he claimed to feel “betrayed” by the team and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag, the Portuguese forward appeared to be leaving Old Trafford.
“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.”
Additionally, Ronaldo made a statement about the subject:
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 22, 2022
Ronaldo had previously spent two seasons at Manchester United after moving there from Juventus before the 2021–22 season. The Portuguese player moved on from Manchester United in 2009 to Real Madrid, where he played for nine illustrious years. Before coming back to Old Trafford, he then played for Juventus for three years, an Italian powerhouse. Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, has had discussions with a number of teams, but it is still unknown which organisation the 37-year-old will next sign with.