The English Premier League club announced on Tuesday that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United right away.
In a short statement, United said that the mutual decision was made a week after Ronaldo’s explosive TV interview in which he talked about how upset he was with the club.
“The club wishes him and his family well for the future and thanks him for his immense contribution during two stints at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances,” the statement read.
Everyone at Manchester United is committed to continuing the team’s development under Erik ten Hag and achieving success on the field.
Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal national team in Qatar for the World Cup. On Monday, he stated that the timing of his recent comments about Manchester United would not affect his teammates’ concentration.
Ronaldo explained in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV that he feels United betrayed him and that he has no respect for manager ten Hag just prior to the beginning of the World Cup.
Ronaldo’s departure from United brings an acrimonious and disappointing end to the 37-year-second old’s stint at the club, in which he scored just once in 10 Premier League appearances this season.
Ten Hag has mostly used him as a sub, and against Tottenham Hotspur last month, he refused to play and instead walked down the tunnel with a few minutes left in the game.
This will likely be Ronaldo’s final World Cup appearance, and it is currently unknown which club will sign him for the second half of the season.
Ronaldo transformed from a tricky, skilled winger to one of the best players in the world after joining United in 2003.
Before moving to Real Madrid in 2009, he won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League, and the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo’s return to United last year from Juventus was greeted with great fanfare by the club’s fans, but his second stint at Old Trafford failed to match the success of his first as United finished the season trophyless.
“After discussions with Manchester United, we mutually agreed to terminate our contract early,” Ronaldo said in a statement.
“I have always loved Manchester United and its fans, and that will never change. Nonetheless, I believe it is time for me to seek a new challenge.
I hope the team does well for the rest of the season and in the years to come.