Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United: Portugal icon sends message to fans and hints at ‘new challenge’ as Red Devils issue statement confirming end of Old Trafford career after explosive Piers Morgan interview

    Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United by mutual consent, the Premier League club have confirmed.

    Ronaldo recently made a series of astonishing claims about the Red Devils during a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV.

    Ronaldo’s United career is officially over

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    Ronaldo’s United career is officially over

    The 37-year-old said he does not respect manager Erik ten Hag and hit out at the Glazers, who own the club, in a 90-minute sit-down over his recent difficulties at Old Trafford.

    And now, United have confirmed that the Portugal icon will leave the club with immediate effect.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had seven months left on his contract, but will now become a free agent in January.

    talkSPORT understands Ronaldo was given a minimal pay-off after agreeing to rip up the rest of his deal, with both parties keen to avoid a protracted legal battle.

    A United statement read: “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.

    Ronaldo made headlines this week for his explosive interview with Morgan

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    Ronaldo made headlines this week for his explosive interview with Morgan

    “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, who begins what could be his last World Cup campaign when Portugal face Ghana on Thursday, also confirmed the news with a statement of his own.

    “Following talks with Manchester United, we’ve mutually agreed to end our contract,” the striker said.

    “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change.

    Ronaldo is currently preparing for a fifth World Cup campaign in Qatar

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    Ronaldo is currently preparing for a fifth World Cup campaign in Qatar

    “It feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish Man Utd all the best.”

    Ronaldo has been linked with former club Sporting Lisbon, Premier League side Chelsea and a move to MLS side Inter Miami, who are owned by David Beckham and managed by ex-United teammate Phil Neville.

    Reacting to the news, which broke during the 0-0 draw between Mexico and Poland in Qatar, ex-Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino said: “He left the club with no choice.

    “It’s very sad. He gave so much to Man United, the fans were superb to him and he had a great career there.

    Ronaldo lost his place in the United starting XI this season and only managed one Premier League goal under Ten Hag

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    Ronaldo lost his place in the United starting XI this season and only managed one Premier League goal under Ten Hag

    “This season has just been an absolute disaster for him and the club.”

    England legend Stuart Pearce added: “For his sake I’m glad it’s been revolved now before a ball is kicked for him [at the World Cup].

    “The last thing I wanted for football was a long drawn out legal battle between the two parties.

    “I think he should have left in the summer. I hope he is remembered for the good things he has done for United and not the last couple of months.”

    Ronaldo spent seven years at United over two separate spells

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    Ronaldo spent seven years at United over two separate spells

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