Manchester United have announced that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club by mutual agreement with immediate effect.
The 37-year-old’s future at Old Trafford has been under scrutiny ever since Erik ten Hag’s arrival in the summer, but the speculation reached its peak following an explosive interview Ronaldo carried out earlier this month.
Just hours after Man United had won their final game before the World Cup break, quotes from an interview Ronaldo conducted with Piers Morgan were released during which he launched a scathing attack on both the manager and the club.
In it, Ronaldo claimed that the club had not progressed at all since he first left in 2009, while also insisting that he does not respect Ten Hag, having fallen down the pecking order under the Dutchman.
After the complete interview was released last week, Man United confirmed that they would take “appropriate steps” against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner once they had gathered all of the facts.
The club have now confirmed that they have parted company with Ronaldo by means of a mutual agreement, meaning that the leading goalscorer of all time is now a free agent.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” read a statement from the club.
“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across 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 deliver success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo also released his own statement following the news, saying: “Following talks with Manchester United, we’ve mutually agreed to end our contract.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. It feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish Man Utd all the best”.
Ronaldo is currently with Portugal at the World Cup, where he will be hoping to lead his nation to their first taste of glory in the competition.