Cristiano Ronaldo has officially become a free agent after agreeing to terminate his contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
In a brief statement, Manchester United closed the book on what turned out to be an ugly, legacy-changing reunion and a second chapter with Ronaldo.
“The club thanks him for his tremendous contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 matches, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future,” the statement said.
“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 finally spoke about his attempts to leave Manchester United and after several months of silence could not resist.
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Speaking with Piers MorganRonaldo lashed out at Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, the club and his staff for not letting him leave this summer.
Ronaldo, 37, has been out of United’s last two games before the World Cup since losing 3-1 to Aston Villa last weekend due to illness. I think we can now read between the lines and speculate that this could be related to this interview.
Manchester United responded to the interview with the statement below.
Manchester United statement after Ronaldo’s explosive comments
Manchester United celebrate media coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview. The club will consider its answer after all the facts have been established.
“Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and maintaining momentum, faith and unity between players, manager, staff and fans.”
In other words, they don’t like it.
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke about the situation at Manchester United
“Not just the manager, but two or three other guys at the club,” Ronaldo said when asked if United were trying to force him out. “I felt betrayed.”
When asked if he feels that they are trying to get rid of him, Ronaldo replied as follows.
“Honestly, I shouldn’t say that. I dont know. I don’t care. People should always listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed and I felt that some people didn’t want me to be here. [at Manchester United]. Not only this year, but also last year.
He went on to say the following about Erik ten Hag: “I don’t respect Erik ten Hag because he doesn’t show respect to me,” Ronaldo said. “If you don’t have respect for me, I will never have respect for you.”
Hen then went on to beat the club, stating that nothing had changed with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. He also said he loves Manchester United and the fans, but said the club has a lot to change.
“Since Sir Alex Ferguson left, I have not seen any evolution at the club, there has been zero progress,” Ronaldo added.
Ronaldo criticizes Glazer and says club didn’t believe him about sick daughter
With snippets continuing to be published and the full interview yet to be released, Cristiano Ronaldo has also lashed out at United’s American owners, the Glazer family.
“The owners of the club – the Glazers – they don’t care about the club,” Ronaldo said. “I mean professional sports. Manchester United is a marketing club, they get their money from marketing… Sport, in my opinion, they don’t care.”
He also revealed that he thought United’s management didn’t believe him when he told them he couldn’t go on their pre-season tour due to his daughter being sick in the hospital.
“I spoke to the director and the president of Manchester United and they didn’t seem to believe that anything was going wrong and that made me feel bad,” Ronaldo said. “And it really hurt me, because they doubted my words that I was fighting, especially Bella and Geo. [Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo’s girlfriend]. We had one week in the hospital because Bella had a big problem and I didn’t go to preseason because of it. I didn’t want to leave my family for preseason because I didn’t think it was fair to leave my family for preseason. That’s why I didn’t go.”
City move ‘was close’ as Ronaldo criticizes young players
“Well, to be honest, [moving to City] Was closed. They talked a lot and two weeks ago Guardiola said they were trying really hard to get me,” said Ronaldo. “But, as you know, my history is connected with Manchester United. Your heart, you feel the same as before, and that matters. And, of course, Sir Alex Ferguson. It was a conscious decision, because at this moment the heart speaks loudly.
“I think it’s [speaking with Ferguson] was the key. I wouldn’t say Manchester City weren’t close. But I think I did [make] conscious decision. I don’t regret at some point. And as you mentioned earlier, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key to success. I spoke to him… He told me that “you can’t come to Manchester City”. And I said, “Okay, boss.”
Ronaldo then criticized the young players (he praised United teammates Diogo Dalot and Lisandro Martinez) in today’s game and lashed out at their lack of desire to succeed.
“They are [the young players] live in a different era. My child is 12 years old, the mentality is not the same. Anger [is the difference], everything is easier for them. They don’t suffer. And they don’t care. I don’t just mean some at Manchester United, I mean in all teams. The new generation and new technologies distract them. But they’re not the same [in the way] that they are listening, but that is why we have two ears: you listen on one side, and they leave on the other, ”added Ronaldo.
So it doesn’t surprise me. But also a little [of a] shame because if they have the best samples before their eyes, and if not, then at least copy what [they] did. It’s a bit weird for me because I remember when I was 18, 19, 20 I was always looking for the best players: (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy, (Rio) Ferdinand, Roy Keane and (Ryan) Giggs – that’s why I have there is success that I have and longevity. Because I take care of my body, my mentality, my head, because I see these guys and I learn from them.
“I’m not one of those guys who like to give advice, I prefer to be an example. Because I am an example. I am there every morning and do the same thing. I’m probably the first to arrive and the last to leave. I think the details speak for themselves. As I said, they listen to one thing, and after two minutes they already forget and do what they think is best. That’s why I say that I like to lead by example, and some follow me, but not much.
“They don’t care—some yes, but most no. But for me this is not surprising, because there will be no longevity in their career. It’s impossible. In my generation, you see a lot of players reach 36, 37, 38 at a high level, and I think in this generation you will be counting on the fingers of one hand how many will reach this level.
After all this, it becomes clear that Cristiano Ronaldo will no longer play for Manchester United, although he has more than six months left on his current contract.
How can he?
After speaking out publicly against the manager and other club officials for the first time, he knows what he wants to do. United are doing just fine without him (he has three goals in 16 matches in all competitions this season) and he doesn’t fit into Erik ten Hag’s system at all, despite United having problems with injured strikers.
He also appears to have upset his teammates at United. Just look at the welcome he received from United’s Bruno Fernandez when they faced Portugal. Really frosty.
Bruno Fernandes greets Cristiano Ronaldo with a cold welcome before meeting Portugal at the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/W5rDdMirc8
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 15, 2022
Ronaldo wants to leave United after the World Cup and the timing is perfect for this interview as he will now be away with Portugal for the next six weeks and he wants his future and departure to be decided by the time the January window opens .
After scoring just one Premier League goal for United this season, he was rarely used, refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham and left the stadium early during pre-season, Ronaldo did not play ball or included in the plans of Erik ten Hag. He wanted to go outside all summer and is now trying to turn it into a club.
United wanted to keep him and convince him to stay, while none of the so-called “super clubs” seemed to come up with a serious offer to sign him. After this trick, you can see why.
Let’s see if that changes in January as Ronaldo has set his sights on a return to the UEFA Champions League and after forcing him to stay at United he will now most certainly be forced to get rid of him.