United were furious at Cristiano Ronaldo’s harsh criticisms of Erik ten Hag, the club’s owners, and during his lengthy interview with Piers Morgan. This interview aired in two parts last week on TalkTV.
Ronaldo said he didn’t respect Ten Hag and accused Glazer family members of failing to improve United’s facilities at its training ground after Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
After viewing both parts of the interview United’s hierarchy explored the possibility of terminating Ronaldo’s contract. It still had seven months to run and was worth more than PS500,000 per week.
United have ended Ronaldo’s contract and the 37-year old is now free to join another club following the World Cup.
Manchester United has not yet paid Ronaldo due to his breach of contract. This means that the club will be able to save around PS16 million.
United released a statement Tuesday evening that read: “Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United pursuant to mutual agreement with immediate effect.”
The club thanks him for his tremendous contribution to Old Trafford over two spells. He scored 145 goals in 346 games and Manchester United wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Manchester United is focused on continuing to progress under Erik Ten Hag and working together for success on the pitch.
Ronaldo stated that he has spoken with Manchester United and agreed to terminate his contract early.
“I love Manchester United, and I love the fans. That will never change. It feels like the right moment to find a new challenge. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season as well as for the future.