World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United “with immediate effect”

Doha, Qatar — Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United “with immediate effect”, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old striker’s contract termination comes after he conducted an explosive interview in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners.

It was not immediately clear where he would end up next after failing to secure a transfer to a Champions League club in the summer.

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“Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo said. “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, now is a good time for me to look for a new challenge.

“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”

Ronaldo, who is currently in Qatar with Portugal as he aims to win a maiden World Cup title for his country, has previously made it clear he wants a transfer after being reduced to a fringe member of the squad. this season.

On Tuesday, he got his wish with United confirming his departure.

“Cristiano Ronaldo must leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” he said in a statement. “The club thanks him for his immense contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.”

The statement failed to express United’s dismay after Ronaldo’s unauthorized interview with Piers Morgan.

The Portugal captain said he felt “betrayed” during a 90-minute chat in which he also criticized the young players.

United said last week they had taken appropriate action in response to his comments as his contract was widely expected to be voided.

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