Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United by mutual consent following his interview with Piers Morgan. On Tuesday evening, United issued a 67-word statement announcing that the 37-year-old forward’s contract had been mutually decided to be terminated. The captain of Portugal, who is now representing his country at the World Cup, also claimed that United hierarchy members were attempting to get rid of him at Old Trafford and questioned his justification for skipping preseason workouts since his daughter was in the hospital. After United initially stated they would review their response to Ronaldo’s remarks “after the complete facts have been validated,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will no longer be a part of the team.
The club released a statement saying, “Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United right away, as agreed upon. The group sends its best wishes to him and his family and recognizes all that he has accomplished for the group throughout his two stints at Old Trafford, where he scored 145 goals in 346 appearances. The team at Manchester United remains dedicated to building on its successes under Erik ten Hag and working together to win matches.”
In his own name, the Portuguese captain released a statement that stated, “After talking with Manchester United, we have come to an agreement to end our contract early. I respect Manchester United and its supporters, and that won’t ever change. But at the moment, it seems like the perfect time for me to look for a new challenge. For the remainder of the year and the years to come, I send the team my very best wishes.”
Ronaldo had to leave United “cleanly and soon” and with the utmost humility in order to reduce unrest at Old Trafford and to honor Portugal during the World Cup. Ronaldo has lambasted the team for not investing enough ever since he left Old Trafford 13 years ago. According to sources, United has made investments in its facilities, including the swimming pool, café, and practice field.
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