Ronaldo to leave Manchester United after criticism of the club

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Manchester United ahead Cristiano Ronaldo will leave with quick impact, the Premier League group mentioned on Tuesday, marking a bitter finish to the Portugal captain’s second spell at Old Trafford after he mentioned he felt betrayed by the club.

An explosive interview with TalkTV this month — through which Ronaldo additionally mentioned he didn’t respect supervisor Erik ten Hag — had put him on shaky floor at the club he joined in August 2021 after profitable eight main trophies with them from 2003-2009.

United mentioned final week they’d tackle Ronaldo’s feedback solely after establishing the full information and added final Friday that they’d initiated “acceptable steps” in response.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual settlement, with quick impact. The club thanks him for his immense contribution throughout two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 targets in 346 appearances, and needs him and his household nicely for the future,” United mentioned in an announcement.

“Everyone at United stays targeted on persevering with the group’s progress below Ten Hag and dealing collectively to ship success on the pitch.”

Last month, Ten Hag mentioned Ronaldo had refused to come on in its place towards Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, when the ahead walked down the tunnel with a couple of minutes of the sport remaining after being placed on the bench.

The 37-year-old was then not half of the squad that confronted Chelsea the following Saturday earlier than returning to the fold.

Ronaldo later mentioned in the interview that he regretted leaving early towards Spurs however added that his choice to stroll off got here as a result of he felt “provoked” by Ten Hag.

Ronaldo mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that he cherished the club and the followers.

“… That won’t ever ever change,” he added. “However, it looks like the proper time for me to search a brand new problem. I want the group each success for the the rest of the season and for the future.”

Raphael Varane, Ronaldo’s French group mate at United, mentioned final week that the Portuguese’s feedback had affected the club’s gamers — many of whom are additionally at the World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo confirmed on Monday that a clumsy handshake between him and midfielder Bruno Fernandes that was caught on digicam and went viral was the outcome of a joke between the Portugal and United teammates.

He mentioned that he didn’t consider his actions would have an effect on Portugal’s squad, including that he felt nice about the nation’s probabilities of profitable the World Cup.

Portugal kicked off their marketing campaign towards Ghana on Thursday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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