One week after Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, Manchester United officially terminated Ronaldo’s contract a year early. In the interview, Ronaldo aired his frustrations with his former employer Manchester United, expressed his lack of respect for Man Unt’s head coach, and caused much speculation from fans about his future on the team.
Ronaldo’s former teammate, Gary Neville, explained that Ronaldo “wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would bring the headlines it has and be the end of his Manchester United career.”
His teammate seems to have been correct. One day ago, Manchester United made a statement on its website: “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 in 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.”
Ronaldo has not only immediately terminated his contract with Manchester United, he has also been fined 50,000 pounds and suspended for “domestic football matches” by the Football Association for hitting a phone out of a fan’s hand in April. Ronaldo immediately apologized for his actions.
Ronaldo will be Portugal’s national team captain in this year’s World Cup. Although the FA blocked Ronaldo from playing domestically in the UK, he will still play in the upcoming World Cup game Portugal vs. Ghana, this Thursday. Fans speculate that this will be the player’s last World Cup.