Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to leave immediately by mutual consent |  Football news

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to leave immediately by mutual consent | Football news

Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

United issued a 67-word statement on Tuesday evening announcing they had reached a mutual agreement with the player to terminate his contract.

Ronaldo’s interview on TalkTV – aired last week in two parts on Wednesday and Thursday – saw the 37-year-old criticize the club and manager Erik ten Hag, for whom the player says he has “no respect”.

The Portuguese striker also claimed members of the United hierarchy were trying to force him out of Old Trafford and doubted him when he said he couldn’t attend pre-season because his daughter was ill in hospital.

United said they would consider their response to Ronaldo’s comments “after the full facts are established” and have now decided to part ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Ronaldo’s key quotes – a snapshot of his full interview

  • ‘I feel betrayed by Man Utd | I have no respect for Erik ten Hag’
  • ‘Man Utd doubted me about my sick daughter when I missed pre-season’
  • ‘Glazer family don’t care about Man Utd | United have stopped on a clock’
  • ‘Moving to Manchester City was close, but Sir Alex Ferguson changed everything’
  • ‘Young people don’t care, but Diogo Dalot and Lisandro Martinez are different’
  • “Roy Keane is the best captain I’ve ever had, but Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney are not my friends”
  • ‘I never saw Ralf Rangnick as a boss | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did a good job’
  • ‘I regret leaving Old Trafford vs Tottenham – I felt provoked’
  • ‘I turned down €350 million Saudi move | I don’t know if I will still be with Man Utd after the World Cup’
  • ‘I would be happy if Arsenal win the Premier League’
  • ‘Lionel Messi is magical | I want to play until I’m 40’

A club statement read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement, effective immediately.

The club thanks him for his tremendous 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.”

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Our selection of Cristiano Ronaldo’s highs and lows since returning for his second spell at Manchester United

Ronaldo returned to United for a second time last year, but he had fallen out of favor this season under new manager Ten Hag.

The 37-year-old released his own statement saying: “Following talks 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 feels like the right time for me to look for a new challenge.

“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”

Man Utd makes Ronaldo departure ‘clean and quick’

United wanted Ronaldo’s departure to be done “neatly and swiftly” and in as dignified a manner as possible – not only to minimize distractions at Old Trafford, but also to pay respect to Portugal at the World Cup.

Sky Sports news heard last week that United do not accept some of the criticisms Ronaldo made in the interview.

Ronaldo criticized the club for a lack of investment in the 13 years since he first left Old Trafford. Sources have insisted that United have invested in their facilities, particularly the training ground, restaurant and swimming pool.

The Portuguese striker was also critical of Ten Hag, but according to sources, Ronaldo was treated with respect by the club and the manager. At press conferences, Ten Hag always maintained that Ronaldo had been given time off in preparation to arrange family matters.

It is attached to Sky Sports news there was an offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer, which United would have accepted, but Ronaldo was unwilling to take the step.

There were no other official offers for the player in the last transfer window.

‘A wise decision’ | ‘Man Utd fans will wish him well’

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‘United We Stand’ editor, Andy Mitten, said it is a sad result that Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United by mutual consent, but the right decision for all involved

United We Stand Editor Andy Mitten to Sky Sports News:

“It’s sensible. After that interview last week, this is the right decision. The club didn’t want to hang around, they wanted to come to an agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo’s people.

“He didn’t want to be at Manchester United. He wanted to leave the club, it’s been like that for four or five months now and he’ll get his way and both sides will move on.”

“History will remember Cristiano Ronaldo as a Manchester United player, probably the best player I’ve ever seen play for Manchester United in his first spell at Old Trafford – and he was a success last season.”

“This season hasn’t been a success and it’s been frustrating to watch him and see his decline in real time. But he feels he can still contribute a lot as a footballer, that’s just not going to happen at Manchester United.”

“I think most Manchester United fans will wish him well as long as he’s not at Liverpool or Manchester City.”

Neville: Ronaldo knew an interview would end his career at Manchester United, but I’m not against him

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Last week, Gary Neville said Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan showed he didn’t want to go back to Manchester United

On Friday, Sky Sports’ Gary Neville said after his interview that there was “no going back” for Ronaldo at Manchester United.

“He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would make headlines and end his Manchester United career,” said Neville.

“[Man Utd] know that they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract otherwise they are basically setting a precedent for any player to criticize them in the future.”

Asked his opinion and whether he was against Ronaldo, who criticized his former team-mate in the interview, Neville replied: “It’s not true what he said, but all is fair in love and war.

“I live in the game of criticism and know I have to accept it, and I get a lot of it back. I love all my teammates I’ve played with, including Cristiano.

“I’m not against Ronaldo, far from it. I can’t admire him anymore, I can’t respect him anymore. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen and he’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen .” ever played with.”

Read every word of what Neville had to say – including how the split between Ronaldo and Man Utd could have been handled in a more civilized way by player and club.

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Watch the full interview with Gary Neville who believes there is no going back for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United after his interview with Piers Morgan

Ronaldo on his damaged relationship with Ten Hag – and the statistics that support the manager

Cristiano Ronaldo says he has no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.
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Cristiano Ronaldo said he does not respect manager Erik ten Hag.

“I understand that in a new job [you try to make an impression.] Manchester has been so bad for the past five years that they had to clean the house, let’s put it that way,” said Ronaldo.

“But the way they approach, the way the press makes this so big. I really get it at the beginning because I didn’t do pre-season, I don’t start playing, but go beyond that.”

“Other things happen that people don’t know. And I don’t hide that the coach’s empathy is not good. I’m honest.”

One of Ronaldo’s striking statements about Ten Hag from his interview was: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t respect me.”

That was a big change of view after he gave an interview to Man Utd in June in which he said he was happy at the club and urged Ten Hag to have time at Old Trafford after his arrival from Ajax.

Were Ronaldo’s new jokes against Ten Hag simply a reference to his lack of starts in the Premier League this season?

It’s not clear as after all this is a player who was handed the captain’s armband shortly after walking out of the team’s win over Tottenham for full-time. When United were thrashed at Manchester City, Ten Hag said he was not abandoning Ronaldo “out of respect for his great career”.

United felt they were doing everything they could to accommodate Ronaldo and Ten Hag always insisted he was an important part of his plans.

What United failed to do was spoil Ronaldo and guarantee him a starting spot. He was their top scorer last season, but with Ten Hag at the helm, the stats confirm the Dutchman’s use of Ronaldo to date.

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If Ronaldo does not start in the Premier League this season, United’s winning percentage will triple, the points return will double, the scoring percentage will quadruple and the team will run an average of 4 km more per game.

Where now? “I’ve had a lot of offers…”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant his controversial interview with Piers Morgan will not affect Portugal’s World Cup squad

During his interview with Morgan, Ronaldo confirmed that he had been offered a two-year contract worth €350 million by a Saudi club. However, he insisted that he had interest from top European teams as well, despite no offers being made for him in the summer transfer window.

“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t have a lot of clubs, but I have a lot of offers from other clubs,” said Ronaldo. “What the press keeps saying, the crap, is nobody wants me, which is completely wrong.”

So what are the options for Ronaldo, who insists he wants to play until he is 40?

If Champions League football is still a major driver for him – and his statistical battle in that competition with Lionel Messi was cited as a factor when his future was discussed over the summer – then the big clubs will all be linked, from a return to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and even United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea. And what about the prospect of him joining Messi and co at Paris Saint-Germain?

That would be fantasy football – but perhaps the reality is that Ronaldo, even as a free agent, will have to take a pay cut to continue at the highest level. He was by some margin the highest paid player in the Premier League.

His World Cup performance could also be a key factor in where he plays in 2023. If his recent battle for goal for United continues – he has scored three goals in 16 this season – it is hard to imagine clubs scrambling to put together the big financial package required to sign him.

A romantic return to his first club Sporting was complicated by their failure to progress to the Champions League knockouts and their current position in the competition outside of next year’s competition qualifiers, even before their president distanced the Portuguese side from a move.

If Ronaldo can’t land that prestigious European deal, the door could open for a venture into the MLS or a big payday elsewhere in the world.

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