What to smile about, Cristiano? Smiling Ronaldo is seen for the first time since breaking his contract with Manchester United… the Portuguese star desperate to impress at the World Cup in his bid to find a new club
Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured for the first time since his exit from Manchester United was confirmed, with the Portuguese star leaving the club by mutual consent following his explosive interview.
Ronaldo’s exit was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon by mutual consent, with the club acting just four days after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, which aired in two parts last week.
sports mail revealed United had not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured sporting a big smile in his first appearance since terminating his contract with Man United
Ronaldo juggled the ball ahead of Portugal’s opener against Ghana on Thursday
Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United follows his explosive interview last week
Ronaldo’s exit came on a dramatic day at Old Trafford, hours before United confirmed the Glazer family will listen to offers in excess of £5billion for the Premier League giants.
The Red Devils have confirmed Ronaldo’s exit in a terse 67-word statement.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” the statement read.
“The club thanks him for his immense contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well 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.”
Ronaldo released a statement last night saying it was a ‘right time to look for a new challenge’
Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan marked the end of his second spell at United
Ronaldo released his own statement after the news, with the veteran striker declaring his love for United and the fans “will never change”, despite his controversial interview.
“Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo’s statement read.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, it seems like the time has come for me to look for a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been criticized by Ronaldo which has forced the club to act
The 37-year-old will now be free to start talks with a new club as United prepare to field a replacement striker in the January transfer window.
Ronaldo’s exit had appeared inevitable after he criticized the club, the Glazers, manager Erik ten Hag and his teammates during the explosive interview.
United officials had determined there was no way for him to return to the club, rejecting the idea of further disciplinary action.
Ronaldo had been forced to train alone last month for being taken out in the win over Tottenham after refusing to come on as a substitute.
The interview dominated Ronaldo’s preparations for the World Cup, as the Portuguese superstar bids to win the tournament for the first time.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was forced to comment on his treatment at Old Trafford on Monday.
Portugal’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Ghana on Thursday, with Ronaldo expected to be the center of attention.
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