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Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United with immediate effect following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, the club have announced.
The 37-year-old slammed the club in a tell-all interview with Morgan on the eve of the 2022 World Cup. In a statement, United 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."
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Ronaldo returned to United in 2021, having turned down a move to their City rivals in a shock u-turn, and he got off to the perfect start with two goals in his second debut against Newcastle.
However, his fairytale return soon turned into a nightmare as United struggled, and Ronaldo noticed no difference in the club since he left for Real Madrid over a decade ago. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, and he replaced by Ralf Rangnick – leading to Ronaldo to tell Morgan he had never even heard of the German.
Ronaldo said: "Manchester United after sack Ole, they bring in sports director Rangnick, which is something that nobody understands. This guy is not even a coach. A bigger club like Manchester United bringing in a sports director – it surprised not only me but all the world, you know."
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Rangnick left at the end of last season, with United failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Over the summer, it was reported Ronaldo had looked to leave United, with a Champions League side his preferred destination. Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and Sporting Lisbon all emerged as potential destinations, but a move never materialised for the superstar.
Instead, Ronaldo stayed at the Red Devils, but a fractured relationship with new boss Erik ten Hag saw him struggle to break into the side.
One incident at Old Trafford saw Ronaldo leave the United bench early, against Tottenham Hotspur, and walk down the tunnel before the full-time whistle was blown – causing United to suspend Ronaldo.
While a few weeks earlier, Ten Hag had left Ronaldo on the bench against City – who had already hit United for six – out of respect. Ronaldo slammed Ten Hag in his interview with Morgan: "I don't have respect for him.
"Because he doesn't show respect for me. If you don't have respect for me, I'm never gonna have respect for you."
Ronaldo has now left United as his focus shifts to Portugal and the World Cup – who open their campaign against Ghana on Thursday.
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