Cristiano Ronaldo (fake images)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial second spell at Manchester United will end with “immediate effect”, the Premier League giants announced on Tuesday.
The Portuguese striker appeared to be leaving Old Trafford following a recent television interview in which he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” a United statement said.
“The club thanks him for his immense 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.”
As well as criticizing the hierarchy at Old Trafford and ten Hag, Ronaldo, 37, currently with Portugal’s World Cup squad, was scathing at the club’s American owners.
Ronaldo said the Glazer family cared far more about United’s lucrative potential than results on the pitch.
He even turned on former teammates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney, saying, “They’re not my friends” after recent criticism of the pair.
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