Man United announce Cristiano Ronaldo LEFT club by mutual consent in 67-word statement, not mentioning their explosive interview as they hail his ‘immense contribution’
Manchester United have announced that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club with immediate effect following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
The announcement comes as a result of the 37-year-old’s bombshell two-part interview with Morgan on TalkTV last week.
A 67 word statement Manchester United said on Tuesday: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual consent, effective immediately.
The club thanks him for his immense contribution during two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.
“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.”
Ronaldo issued his own statement following the news, writing: “Following discussions with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to terminate our contract early.
I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, it seems that the time is right to look for a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”
Ronaldo’s interview with Morgan saw the Red Devils explore the possibility of terminating Ronaldo’s contract seven months early without paying any of the £16m he is expected to earn by June 2023.
United believed that Ronaldo had breached their terms of employment with his criticism of the club’s American owners, manager Erik ten Hag, the club’s facilities, his teammates and former Red Devils players including Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.
The announcement comes just two days before Ronaldo kicks off Portugal’s World Cup final campaign against Ghana.
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Manchester United announce that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club by mutual agreement