“Following talks with Manchester United, we have agreed to end our contract early,” said Cristiano Ronaldo
OLD TRAFFORD, LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo will leave his beloved club Manchester United ‘effective immediately’, Old Trafford confirmed on Tuesday November 22. The decision came after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized his current manager Erik Ten Hag and the club’s bosses. Where the 37-year-old will go next has not yet been decided. Previously, the star failed to move to a Champions League club in the summer.
“Following talks with Manchester United, we mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo said. “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. For me, however, it seems the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.” The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently in Qatar representing his country with a goal of winning its first World Cup. Ronaldo has been frustrated after being treated as a fringe member of the United team this season, the Associated Press reports.
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United had hinted at the move in response to his attack on the club’s functioning, saying “he took appropriate steps” as many fans predicted his fate. “Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual consent with immediate effect,” it said on Tuesday. “The club thank him for his immense contribution in two games at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Following Ronaldo’s departure, the club will now accelerate plans to sign a new centre-forward. Manager Ten Hag had planned to replace him after the season but will now need to find a replacement during the January window.