After weeks of ensuing drama and speculations, English Premier League club Manchester United and Cristiano have mutually decided to terminate the contract of their star striker. The decision has been taken following Ronaldo’s explosive interview with British journalist Piers Morgan in which he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag.
The club in an official statement said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.”
The club further added, “ Manchester United thanks Cristiano Ronaldo 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.”
Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford was due to run until June, but United sought to cancel it early after the striker told Morgan the club had made “zero progress” since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and that he “doesn’t respect” the current club coach Ten Hag.
Ronaldo also released a statement saying, “ Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. “ The all-time great further said, “ I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
Additionally, the club is also in the news because of its owners. The Glazers family have been in charge of the club ever since it took over the club in 2005. But now with the rising protests against the owners, there are reports that the Glazers are looking to sell the club.
In a statement, the club said, “Manchester United, one of the most successful and historic sports clubs in the world, announces today that the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) is commencing a process to explore strategic alternatives for the club.”
The club further said, “The Board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the Company.”