Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo will leave with immediate effect, the Premier League side said on Tuesday, marking a bitter end to the Portugal captain’s second spell at Old Trafford after he said he felt betrayed by the club.
An explosive interview with TalkTV this month – in which Ronaldo also said he disrespected manager Erik ten Hag – had left him on shaky ground at the club he joined in August 2021 after winning eight major trophies with them from 2003-2009.
United said last week that it would only deal with Ronaldo’s comments after establishing the full facts and added on Friday that it had initiated “appropriate measures” in response.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual consent, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his enormous contribution during two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 games, and wishes him and his family the best for the future.” United says so in a statement.
“Everyone at United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Last month, Ten Hag said Ronaldo had refused to come on as a substitute against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, as the striker went down the tunnel with minutes remaining in the game after being benched.
The 37-year-old was then not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday before returning to the group.
Ronaldo later said in the interview that he regretted leaving early against Spurs but added that his decision to drop out came because he felt “provoked” by Ten Hag.
Ronaldo said in a statement on Tuesday that he loved the club and the fans.
“… That will never ever change,” he added. “But it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”