On Tuesday, Man Utd released a statement saying they had mutually agreed to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo‘s contract, and Ronaldo responded by saying, “I love Man Utd and I love the fans, that will never ever change.” But I think this is a good moment for me to try something new.
After his explosive conversation with Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have mutually agreed for him to go.
United announced the mutual termination of the forward’s contract in a 67-word statement on Tuesday night.
The Portugal captain, who is presently leading his nation in Russia, alleged United officials were attempting to get him to leave the club because they didn’t believe him when he told his sick daughter kept him from training camp.
United first indicated they would wait to respond to Ronaldo’s statements until “until the complete facts have been revealed,” but they have now chosen to break company with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
It is agreed that there was no settlement money associated with the separation. Sky Sports News senior correspondent Melissa Reddy remarked, “I’m informed there wasn’t a compensation thus United are saving roughly £16m.”
Sky Sports News’ head correspondent Kaveh Solhekol said the club is relieved the problem has been solved and optimistic about the team’s chances in the second half of the season.
The manner in which Man United and Ronaldo broke the news of their separation
According to a club release, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to depart Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
The club appreciates his many hours of work throughout his two stints at Old Trafford, where he scored 145 goals in 346 games, and sends its best wishes to him and his loved ones.
Every member of Manchester United is committed to working with Erik ten Hag and the rest of the coaching staff to continue the team’s improvement on the field.
Ronaldo released his own statement in which he stated, “Following discussions with Manchester United, we have mutually decided to terminate our contract early.”
I will always be a huge admirer of Manchester United and the supporters. But I think this is a good moment for me to try something new.
I hope the rest of the season and the future goes well for the squad.
Man United’s handling of Ronaldo’s departure has been described as “clean and swift.”
United wanted Ronaldo to go as “cleanly and soon” and with as much dignity as possible, so as to minimize distractions at Old Trafford and to show respect to Portugal during the World Cup.
Last week, Sky Sports News revealed that United did not agree with all of Ronaldo’s remarks from the interview.
In the 13 years after Ronaldo departed Old Trafford, he has been critical of the club’s lack of investment. United, according to these sources, has made significant improvements to its amenities, including its training facility, café, and swimming pool.
Despite Ronaldo’s criticism of Ten Hag, the club and the manager are said to have handled him with respect, according to insiders.
Sky Sports News has learned that United considered accepting an offer from Saudi Arabia this past summer, but Ronaldo ultimately decided against leaving Real Madrid. During the previous transfer window, no other clubs made formal proposals to acquire the player.
When will we get to the next step? A lot of people have made me offers, and I’ve considered all of them.
As Ronaldo discussed in his interview with Morgan, a Saudi Arabian club offered him a two-year deal for €350m (£305m). Even though no bids were made for him in the summer transfer window, he believed that he had interest from big European teams.
“I’ll be straight with you, I didn’t have a lot of clubs, but I had a lot of offers from other teams,” Ronaldo remarked. “Nobody wants me, contrary to what the press keeps stating (which is nonsense),” she said.
So, what does Ronaldo do if he wants to play till he’s 40 years old?
MLS, Europe, or Saudi Arabia?
I mean, how many teams do you think will pay him £500,000 a week? a 37-year-old, by many standards a senile old man or woman. He’s obviously lost some of his previous proficiency.
As a free agent, I believe he will be more appealing to Champions League teams in Europe. There is no need to negotiate with Manchester United or pay a transfer fee for whomever signs him to a contract. You may easily negotiate a contract by sitting down with Jorge Mendes. Even though he’ll want a hefty transfer price, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him joining a European team that competes in the Champions League.
If he’s on the prowl for cash, the obvious answer is Saudi Arabia. We all know he had a huge offer to go in the summer, so I believe he’ll have several good options. Additionally, MLS is not to be disregarded. There will be teams interested in signing him as a star player.
But I don’t see him playing in Major League Soccer. It seems more probable that he will find a club in the Champions League and achieve his goals with that team.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Paris Saint-Germain are not interested in signing Ronaldo now that he is a free agent.
If Ronaldo were to begin, where would he begin?
Which elite club would consistently put Ronaldo in the starting lineup? With which team can he be assured of regular playing time? United were willing to accept the Saudi Arabian offer in the summer, but he still decided against leaving the club.
If he turns in a great performance at the World Cup as a free agent, people will forget about his disruptive behavior, and he may be able to find a new team, though I can’t imagine which one.
“Perhaps the answer is for Ronaldo to recognize that he is one of the best players we have ever seen, but that at age 37, progressive teams — clubs who actually want to win the Champions League — aren’t going to funnel everything through him. He just can’t be the lead.
“That’s the reasonable thing to do. This is the best course of action after last week’s interview. The club was eager to reach an arrangement with Cristiano Ronaldo’s camp and didn’t have time to waste.
He had no interest in playing for Manchester United. He had wanted to leave the club for at least four or five months, and now that his dream is coming true, everyone involved can move on.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a successful first season at Manchester United and will be remembered for his time there. He is the finest player I have ever seen in a United uniform.
It’s been difficult to see his fall in real time, and this season has been a failure. He believes he still has a lot to offer as a football player, however it won’t be at Manchester United.
As long as he doesn’t end up at Liverpool or Manchester City, I believe most Man Utd supporters would wish him well.
Ronaldo knew the interview would end his time at Manchester United, according to Gary Neville.
Gary Neville of Sky Sports declared in an interview on Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo has “no route back” to Manchester United.
If he was hoping for an exit, he wouldn’t have agreed to this interview. And he knew that would be the end of his career at Manchester United,” Neville added.
To avoid setting a precedent wherein any player may criticize them in the future, [Man Utd] knows they must cancel Cristiano’s contract.
When asked for his opinion on Ronaldo’s criticism of his old teammate in the interview, Neville answered, “It’s not accurate, what he said, but all’s fair in love and war.
In order to succeed in this game, I’ve learned to take constructive criticism from my peers and to provide it freely. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Cristiano and the rest of my teammates.
It’s not that I have something against Ronaldo. He had all the adoration and respect in the world from me, and then some. “He’s the most skilled player I’ve ever played with, and he’s the best player I’ve ever watched.”
Ronaldo discusses his strained relationship with Ten Hag, although statistics back up the coach.
“I understand that in a new job [you have to create an impression].” Ronaldo remarked. “Manchester was so horrible in the previous five years that they should clean the house, let’s put it that way.”
But the strategy they take and the coverage in the media make this a major issue. Since I didn’t participate in the preseason, I didn’t have an early start on the season, which was frustrating at first, but now I see why.
Things happen that the general public is completely unaware of. I also don’t try to hide the fact that my connection with the coach is weak. Honestly, that’s all I can say about myself.
Ronaldo said this about Ten Hag in an interview: “I don’t have regard for him because he doesn’t have respect for me.”
That was a dramatic about-face from an interview he gave to United in June, in which he expressed contentment with his current role and pushed for Ten Hag to be given playing time after his transfer from Ajax.
Could Ronaldo’s recent criticism of Ten Hag’s lack of Premier League playing time be seen as a dig at that decision?
It’s unclear, considering that the player in question was handed the captain’s armband shortly after leaving the team’s victory against Tottenham just before the game’s end. Ten Hag said that he did not put Ronaldo in the game against Manchester City “out of respect for his tremendous career.” United lost 6-0.
Ten Hag always claimed that Ronaldo will play a significant role in the team’s future, and United felt they had to go out of their way to accommodate him.
United did not give Ronaldo special treatment by guaranteeing him a starting berth. Ronaldo led his team in scoring last season, and with Ten Hag in control, Ronaldo’s production has increased.
This season in the Premier League, United’s victory rate tripled, points returned doubled, scoring rate quadrupled, and the club ran, on average, 4 kilometers more every game when Ronaldo did not start.
A tragedy after a happy beginning
Ronaldo’s exit from United puts an end to his resurrected career there last August.
It seemed that he would be leaving Juventus for Manchester City, but a late move by United brought him back to Old Trafford.
Back in 2003, while he was still a youngster, Ronaldo moved from Sporting Lisbon to United. He won three Premier League crowns and the Champions League before moving on to even greater glory with Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to United after spending a combined nine years at the Bernabeu and three at Juve.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, and Ralf Rangnick all coached United last season, and despite his 18 Premier League goals, the club finished sixth.
Having missed their preseason tour, he got off to a sluggish start in the Premier League this season under new manager Ten Hag, appearing in just four games. When he left the stadium early during a friendly and refused to enter the game as a replacement in a game against Tottenham, the controversy around him only grew.
Ronaldo departs United for the last time, with 145 goals scored in 346 games played.