Cristiano Ronaldo will not wear Manchester United uniform again. Just two days before the Portugal captain would begin his World Cup campaign, United terminated their star forward’s contract in what they described as mutual.
The club began a process that could lead to Ronaldo’s sacking after an explosive Talk TV interview earlier this month in which he accused the club of “betrayal” and said he had “no respect” for his head coach Eric Ten. Witch Instead of his employers unilaterally kicking him out of the club, the 37-year-old has agreed to terminate his contract.
“Cristiano Ronaldo must leave Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement. “The club thanks him for his great contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford, when he scored 145 goals in 346 matches, 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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Legal experts believe that the club could have ultimately concluded that Ronaldo was guilty of gross breaches of the terms of his contract, which would have allowed them to terminate the deal. However, this may have opened the door to a lengthy appeal process; with the player’s consent, United can quickly move on from what has turned out to be a heavy saga for Ten Hag and the hierarchy.
Ronaldo said in a statement: “Following discussions with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to terminate our contract early. I love Manchester United and I love the fans who will never change. new challenge. I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”
United have not confirmed if they will pay any remaining amount on the contract, which is valued at more than £500,000 a week. Ronaldo’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but he will now be looking for his fourth club in just over four years. The record scorer in men’s international football turned down a massive offer from a club in Saudi Arabia, butIt is clear that this is still the case.
Despite his former teammate Roy Keane insisting otherwise, no major European club made a serious attempt to sign Ronaldo when he told Manchester United in the summer that he wanted to leave to join a club offering the Champions League. . football. It’s hard to imagine how the events of recent months, including his departure from Old Trafford before the final whistle and his refusal to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, changed the minds of many. However, one club that stands out as a source of potential intrigue is Chelsea, whose owner Todd Boli was interested in Ronaldo’s move only to have then head coach Thomas Tuchel vociferously object to the transfer. The German has since left the club.
Despite the damage Ronaldo has done to his legacy at Old Trafford – where he became one of the biggest stars of world football in the late 2000s before joining Real Madrid – this suggests what his departure will bring with a breath. relief for Ten Hag and the club’s fans. Although he was United’s top scorer last season, he wasn’t the missing piece in a squad that had been second in the Premier League before he joined. Instead, goals for his teammates dried up, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, Ralf Rangnick blew himself up almost immediately, and United had to fight for promotion to the Europa League.
For now, Ronaldo will follow in the footsteps of Jay DeMerit, Gary Breen and six members of Canada’s 1986 squad as a free agent at the World Cup. Portugal will play Ghana in the first leg on Thursday and their captain insists his inflammatory comments will not affect their game in Qatar. “I don’t have to think about what other people think,” Ronaldo said. “I speak when I want. The players have known me very well for many years and know what kind of person I am.
“This is an ambitious group that is hungry and focused. So I’m sure she [the interview] will not shake the concentration and concentration in the dressing room.”