Manchester United terminates Cristiano Ronaldo's contract after controversial interview

Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon and has scored 145 goals in 346 appearances.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 23 November 2022 11:11 AM

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Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is set to part ways with Manchester United with immediate effect after reaching a mutual agreement with the Red Devils. This termination of the contract comes after Ronaldo’s controversial comments about the club, the manager Erik Ten Hag and the owners during an interview with Piers Morgan. 


Man United released a statement on their social media platforms and website, where they thanked Ronaldo for his contribution at Old Trafford over two stints. The Club then confirmed that he will be leaving the club with immediate effect. 


The statement said, “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.”

Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon and went on to win two  English Super Cups, two English League Cups, one English FA Cup, one UCL Champions League and three Premier Leagues. 


In the interview, Ronaldo stated that he has no respect for current Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag as the Dutchman also doesn’t respect him. He said, “I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me," he said with regards to Ten Hag. "If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”


Later in the interview, Ronaldo also called out the club for its poor facilities which have as per the striker haven’t changed since his exit in 2009.  "Nothing changed, surprisingly," he said. "Not only the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. Even the kitchen, the chefs, whom I appreciate – lovely people. They stopped in time. It surprised me a lot. Since Ferguson left, I haven’t seen an evolution at the club. Progress is zero. You have to tear it down and rebuild it. If they start with me, it’s not a problem."

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