Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward for Manchester United, has announced his immediate departure from the English Premier League (EPL) team.
The Portuguese captain’s second stint at Old Trafford came to an end as a result of the development, which he stated made him feel betrayed by the team.
In a recent interview, Ronaldo expressed his disdain for Erik ten Hag, the club’s manager. This put him in a precarious position.
He returned to the team in August 2021 after spending eight years (from 2003 to 2009) and eight major titles with them.
Manchester United added last Friday that they had taken “appropriate steps” in response after stating last week that they would address Ronaldo’s remarks only after gathering all the information.
“By mutual consent, Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United with immediate effect.
Manchester United issued a statement in which it thanked him for his “immense contribution” during his two stints at Old Trafford, during which he scored 145 goals in 346 games, and expressed its best wishes to him and his
family for the future.
Everyone at Manchester United is still committed to building on the progress made under Ten Hag and collaborating to achieve success on the field.
Months ago, Ten Hag claimed Ronaldo
This was when the forward walked down the tunnel with a few minutes of the game remaining after being put on the bench.
The 37-year-old was then not part of the squad which faced Chelsea the following Saturday before returning to the fold.
Ronaldo later said in the interview he regretted leaving early against Spurs, but added his decision to walk off came because he felt “provoked” by Ten Hag.
Ronaldo said in a statement on Tuesday that he loved the club and the fans.
“… That will never ever change,” he added. “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.”
Raphael Varane, Ronaldo’s French team mate at Manchester United, said last week that the Portuguese’s comments had affected the club’s players.
Many of them are also at the World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo confirmed on Monday that an awkward handshake between him and midfielder Bruno Fernandes that was caught on camera and went viral was the result of a joke.
He said the joke was between the Portugal and Manchester United teammates.
Ronaldo added that he did not believe his actions would affect Portugal’s squad, adding that he felt great about the country’s chances of winning the World Cup.
Portugal kick off their campaign against Ghana on Thursday.(Reuters/NAN)