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Football: Ronaldo and United go their separate ways

“Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual consent and with immediate effect,” Manchester United said in a statement. The club thanked him for the “huge contribution” he made at Old Trafford with a total of 145 goals in 346 appearances. “Everyone at Manchester United is focused on continuing the progress of the team under Erik ten Hag and working together for success on the pitch,” the statement concluded.

Ronaldo, who was hired by the “Red Devils” for the second time a year and a half ago, is currently in Qatar at the World Cup, where he will take part in the tournament from Thursday. With Portugal, he is fighting in Group H against Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea for promotion and for the last time ever for the title.

Ronaldo leaves Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave Manchester United with immediate effect after an inglorious farce. The traditional English club announced this on Tuesday a few days after the sensational TV interview with the Portuguese superstar. Ronaldo and the club would separate “by mutual consent,” it said.

TV interview with consequences

After that, at the latest, Ronaldo can go looking for a club. The separation came as no surprise, after the striker wanted to change in the summer and now in an interview with the British star presenter Piers Morgan accused the club officials of ManUnited and coach ten Hag of “treason” and criticized the Glazer family who own it.

The Glazers are not interested in the club, the Portuguese complained in the interview, which was broadcast on Talk-TV over two evenings. He has no respect for coach ten Hag because he doesn’t respect him either. “Yes, I felt betrayed, and I felt like some people here don’t want me. Not only this year, but also last year.” After the first excerpts from the interview were published, United said they wanted to analyze all the facts before reacting to what has happened. Ronaldo’s contract with the Premier League representative would have expired in the summer.

In the World Cup quarters on Monday he tried to keep the vortex away from his team. “I don’t have to worry about what other people think. I speak when I want to,” he said in his surprising public appearance before the World Cup opener against Ghana in Qatar. Everything that revolves around him is “always a debate,” Ronaldo complained. He called for the team to finally be allowed to rest for the World Cup preparations: “Constantly asking about Cristiano is boring. The topic is closed.”

Turbulent second era in Manchester

Ronaldo is said to have tried to leave ManUnited last summer, probably also to play in the Champions League. However, there were no takers. In the current season, the first under ten Hag, Ronaldo lost his place as a regular player. He even refused to come on as a substitute. Ten Hag then temporarily suspended him.

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Erik ten Hag and Cristiano Ronaldo – that didn’t work at all

Many United fans, who mourn the glorious and successful times under legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson, must have spoken from the soul with his criticism of those responsible and the Glazers. The 2016 European champion said he saw “no development”. Ferguson knows that, everyone knows that.

During his first spell at Manchester from 2003 to 2009, Ronaldo won three championships, the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup under his mentor Ferguson. He then picked up more trophies with Real Madrid and Juventus before making a surprise return in 2021. Ferguson is also said to have been involved in this. About a year and a half after his celebrated comeback, it is now finally clear: Ronaldo and ManUnited – that was once.

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