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Manchester United releases Cristiano Ronaldo after his criticism of membership

File image of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United
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Manchester United ahead Cristiano Ronaldo will go away with rapid impact, the Premier League group mentioned on Tuesday, marking a bitter finish to the Portugal captain’s second spell at Outdated Trafford after he mentioned he felt betrayed by the membership.

An explosive interview with TalkTV this month — by which Ronaldo additionally mentioned he didn’t respect supervisor Erik ten Hag — had put him on shaky floor on the membership he rejoined in August 2021 after profitable eight main trophies with them from 2003-2009.

United mentioned final week they’d tackle Ronaldo’s feedback solely after establishing the entire details and added final Friday that they’d initiated “acceptable steps” in response.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to go away Manchester United by mutual settlement, with rapid impact. The membership thanks him for his immense contribution throughout two spells at Outdated Trafford, scoring 145 objectives in 346 appearances, and desires him and his household nicely for the longer term,” United mentioned in an announcement.

“Everybody at United stays targeted on persevering with the group’s progress beneath Ten Hag and dealing collectively to ship success on the pitch.”

Tottenham recreation controversy

Final month, Ten Hag mentioned Ronaldo had refused to come back on as an alternative in opposition to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, when the ahead walked down the tunnel with a couple of minutes of the sport remaining after being placed on the bench.

The 37-year-old was then not a part of the squad that confronted Chelsea the next Saturday earlier than returning to the fold.

Ronaldo later mentioned within the interview he regretted leaving early in opposition to Spurs however added his resolution to stroll off got here as a result of he felt “provoked” by Ten Hag.

Ronaldo mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that he liked the membership and the followers.

“… That can by no means ever change,” he added. “Nevertheless, it appears like the correct time for me to hunt a brand new problem. I want the group each success for the rest of the season and for the longer term.”

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