Premier League giants Manchester United have called time on the Cristiano Ronaldo swan song at Old Trafford after the Red Devils have agreed to terminate the Portuguese legend’s contract by mutual consent.
As mentioned by CBSSports’ Ben Jacobs, Ronaldo parted ways with the club without receiving any financial payoff nor did he demand restitution for the remainder of his contract, with United’s legal team stating that the termination of his contract would not cost the club any major fee.
In a statement released by the club, “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.”
“Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview. We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”
Ronaldo fell into a breach of contract with United after his scathing interview with Piers Morgan, which went against his contractual obligations that failed to “comply with and act in accordance with all lawful instructions of any authorized official of the club” while he - and any player are unable to “write or say anything which is likely to bring the club… into disrepute… or cause damage to the club”.
In a statement of his own from his own, Ronaldo confirmed the mutual decision.
“Following talks with Manchester United, we’ve mutually agreed to end our contract. I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. It feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish Man Utd all the best”.