“Love Manchester United”: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after controversial second spell with Premier League Giant ends

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial second spell at Manchester United will end with “immediate effect”. Portugal striker Ronaldo set the tone for his departure from Old Trafford last week with his outspoken television interview on TalkTV, in which he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag. “Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement, effective immediately,” a United statement said.

The club thanks him for his tremendous contribution during two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, 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.”

‘Love United, love the fans’

Ronaldo himself released a statement, saying: “Following talks with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to terminate our contract early.

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“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, it feels like the right time for me to look for a new challenge.

“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”

As well as criticizing the Old Trafford hierarchy and Ten Hag during his interview, 37-year-old Ronaldo, currently with the Portugal squad at the World Cup in Qatar, was scathing about the club’s American owners.

Ronaldo said the Glazer family cared much more about United’s money potential than results on the pitch.

The Glazers have long been unpopular with the United faithful, their 17-year reign has been marked by declining on-field performance and repeated fan protests

Sky News reported on Tuesday that the Glazers were preparing to formally announce their intention to explore potential sources of outside investment, including an auction from United, with a full or partial sale, or a strategic partnership with third parties, among other possible options.

United have not won the Premier League title since 2013 and have sacked several managers following Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

They also failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League, a setback that may have encouraged Ronaldo to push for a move in the pre-season transfer window.

But leading English and European clubs chose not to move to a player who, despite recently scoring the 700th goal of his club career, is not the force he once was, but still has a reported weekly salary package at United of around £500,000 ($593,000). ).

However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has reportedly held talks with Bayern Munich and has been linked with an emotional return to Sporting Lisbon, where he progressed through the youth academy.

– ‘Both parties satisfied’ –
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said both Ronaldo and the club had got what they wanted.

“Cristiano clearly did that interview thinking he wasn’t happy and wanted to leave the club,” Ferdinand, who played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford, told the BBC. “He made that very clear.

“I think that Erik ten Hag also got what he wanted in this situation. Both parties are happy and we can move on.”

Ronaldo is no doubt angry at his diminished status at United, now that the club is no longer at the top of English football.

In 2009 he left United who were one of the best teams in Europe, but the side he rejoined limped to sixth in the Premier League despite his 24 goals in all competitions.

Ronaldo made a name for himself during his first spell at Old Trafford, evolving from a prodigiously gifted teenager when he arrived in 2003 into one of the best forwards in the world.

He won his first Champions League trophy and first Ballon d’Or during a trophy-laden spell under Ferguson.

He left United after six years for Real Madrid, where he became the club’s top goalscorer and won the Champions League four more times.

Ronaldo spent three years with Juventus from 2018 before returning to Manchester.

But he has been a peripheral figure in an improving side under Ten Hag this season and was recently penalized for refusing to come on as a substitute.

Ronaldo, who has scored just three goals this season, had returned to the team in recent weeks and even captained the Red Devils in a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa, although he was not in the squad for United’s final game before the World Cup. pause.

With a world record of 117 international goals, he captains Portugal in its fifth World Cup.

The winners of Euro 2016 open their campaign in Qatar against Ghana on Thursday.

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