Manchester United announced late on Tuesday (November 22nd) that they have agreed terms with their star striker Cristiano Ronaldo to terminate his contract midway through the season. United's move comes after they launched an investigation into the Portuguese star's explosive interview with Piers Morgan ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Ronaldo made several digs at the club in the interview, calling out the top management as well as coach Erik ten Hag. . Ronaldo said the club's owners - the Glazer family - don't care about the team, suggesting they only want the money Manchester United generates.
"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," the club said in a statement.
Ronaldo's second spell at the club, one of Manchester United's all-time greats, was rather unsuccessful in the 2022 season, with the manager clearly preferring younger players in his system. Ronaldo has had several disputes with the club, once refusing to come on as a substitute in a Premier League game. The player also left the stadium before the final whistle in the same game.
Ronaldo has been heavily criticized by former Manchester United players this season. Former players pointed the finger at the star's attitude amid growing tensions within the club. In return, Ronaldo tapped one of his critics Gary Neville during the live broadcast and refused to shake his hand. He also called his critics "rats" in an interview with Piers Morgan. Ronaldo is currently with Portugal at the FIFA World Cup and has not commented on the matter.