Ronaldo’s departure from United comes after a resounding television interview he gave last week, in which he said he felt “betrayed” by club officials, accusing them of trying to oust him, and that he had no respect for Dutch coach Erik ten Hag.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement, nearly six months before the end of his contract.
“The club thanks him for his tremendous contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.”
Ronaldo’s last period
- Ronaldo returned in the summer of 2021 to Manchester United from Italian Juventus, after he left him in 2009 to Spanish Real Madrid, following a first period that began
- In 2003, during which he won the English Premier League title three times and the European Champions League in 2008, in the year he was crowned with the Golden Ball award for the first time out of 5.
- However, the results upon his return were not what he wanted, as the team finished sixth last season, in which Ronaldo was the best scorer with 24 goals in all competitions, and thus failed to qualify for the Champions League.
- According to media and close associates, he tried to leave Old Trafford during the summer for this reason.
- His role in the “Red Devils” squad has declined since Ten Hag, who came from Ajax Amsterdam, took charge last May, and this season he was punished by being suspended from the Chelsea match for refusing to enter as a substitute in the confrontation against Tottenham.
- But his latest attack went further than that, as he also criticized the club’s owners, the American Glazer family, claiming that they “didn’t care” about the team’s sporting success, which paved the way for the beginning of his end with the team.
“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to achieve success on the pitch,” the club concluded in a statement.