Official: Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United

What was supposed to be a fairytale return to the club that saw him become an international superstar has ended in disappointment

Manchester United released a statement this afternoon confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo is to “leave the club 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,” says the statement.

“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,” it adds.

The news follows the 37-year-old footballer’s highly controversial interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan, which saw Ronaldo criticise United’s board directors and manager Erik Ten Hag.

It also comes just two days before Portugal’s debut at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is expected to be the last in Ronaldo’s career.

By Michael Bruxo