Cristiano Ronaldo is confirmed to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect, the club confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. He had come under intense criticism over his recent interview with British journalist Piers Morgan.
In the interview, Ronaldo had criticised the club over a number of issues. He had even alleged that a few of the club bosses are trying to ‘force him out’. The decision from United to part ways with Ronaldo seems to have come as a result of the explosive interview.
In their statement, Manchester United wrote, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo also issued a statement on the issue:
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. I lover Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 22, 2022