Manchester United have announced the departure of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. This was reported on the team's Twitter. The agreement was terminated by mutual agreement of the parties.
The club thanks him for his great contribution during his two seasons at Old Trafford, during which he scored 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.
Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo, during an interview with Piers Morgan , made a number of high-profile statements, after which there were rumors about the desire of the English club to stop working with him. Ronaldo, in particular, has sharply criticized Manchester United's management and internal processes at the club, saying that the level of organization there seriously lags behind Real Madrid and Juventus, where he played earlier.
The Portuguese has said he has been made a scapegoat for Manchester United's poor record this season and is shocked at the club's lack of improvement since leaving in 2009.
“They made me a scapegoat. Not only the coach, but also two or three other people in the club. Felt like some people don't want me to be here. Not only this year, but also last season,” said Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has made 16 appearances for Manchester United this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. The Portuguese returned to the team in August last year. Ronaldo previously played for Manchester United from 2003 to 2009. During this period, he won the English championship three times, became the owner of the Cup and the Super Bowl of the country.
The terms of the termination of the contract have not yet been announced, but earlier the Daily Mail wrote that Manchester United did not want to pay the Portuguese £16 million, which he must receive under a contract calculated until the summer of 2023.