Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United with immediate effect.
A club statement claimed the player had reached a ‘mutual agreement’ with the Red Devils and thanked him for his ‘huge contribution over two spells at Old Trafford’.
Ronaldo has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following an interview he gave to Piers Morgan in which he took aim at his employers and said he felt ‘betrayed’ by his treatment since his death. return to Old Trafford.
Last summer, the Portuguese joined the club he originally played for between 2003 and 2009, leaving Juventus to make their long-awaited return to English football. He scored twice on his second home debut against Newcastle United, but shortly after his second spell at the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – his former team-mate and the manager who brought him back to the club – was sacked.
Now 37, Ronaldo struggled to break into the team under new boss Erik ten Hag, with the Portuguese claiming he didn’t ‘respect’ his new manager. He also slammed some of the club’s players with a less than professional attitude.
A free agent, Ronaldo is capable of signing for any club he likes outside the transfer window, given that he has come to the end of his contract with United. This agreement was concluded in the summer of 2023 before its early termination.
Ronaldo is expected to bow out for Portugal at Thursday’s World Cup against Ghana.