The club released a statement saying, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to depart Manchester United by mutual consent, with immediate effect. In addition, Manchester United expressed its gratitude for the player’s “immense contribution over two periods at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 games, and best wishes for the future to him and his family.”
Fans were given the assurance by the club that “everyone” at the business “remains focused on continuing the team’s growth under Erik ten Hag and working together to bring success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo, 37, addressed the decision right after, promising fans that he will always “love Manchester United” and “the fans” who have backed him for years. Ronaldo is getting ready for his first 2022 World Cup play for his home nation of Portugal.
Ronaldo’s exit occurs just a few days after he engaged in a controversial interview with Piers Morgan in which he was frank about his coach and club.
Ronaldo admitted to Morgan that he had been upset with club officials for more than a year and felt “betrayed” by them. Yes, he admitted, “I felt deceived and I felt like some people, not just this year but last year too, didn’t want me here.” After Ronaldo told Morgan he has no “respect” for the team’s manager Erik ten Hag, the rift between the player and the club widened even more.
Manchester United acknowledged the interview after Ronaldo’s explosive interview in which he discussed the death of his newborn son and said they “will consider its response after the full facts have been established.” Manchester United said they were aware of the interview after the shocking one in which Ronaldo discussed the death of his newborn son and “will evaluate its response after the complete facts have been established.”