Manchester United sever ties with Cristiano Ronaldo after interview fiasco

Xtra Time Web Desk: Portugal’s superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United had decided to part ways by mutual agreement with immediate effect, according to statement issued by the Premier League club on Tuesday. It is the outcome of the recent interview given by Ronaldo to British journalist Piers Morgan where he criticized the club at Old Trafford over multiple issues.

In the interview Ronaldo had even alleged that a few of the club bosses are trying to ‘force him out’. Ronaldo even went on to say he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United tweeted a statement stating they have parted ways with the Portugese superstar with immediate effect.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

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.”

This was Ronaldo’s second stint at Manchester United, having arrived from Juventus ahead of the start of the 2021-22 season. Cristiano first left Old Trafford in 2009 to join Real Madrid where he spent 9 years before joining Italian giants Juventus for three years. He returned to Old Trafford ahead of the start of 2021-22 season.  

It is not clear what is Ronaldo’s future as far as club football is concerned.