Man Utd SACK Cristiano Ronaldo with immediate effect as they rip up £500k-a-week contract and release blunt statement

    CRISTIANO RONALDO has been AXED by Manchester United after having his £500,000-a-week contract ripped up.

    The Portugal forward blasted the club in his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been axed by Manchester United with his contract terminated

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    Cristiano Ronaldo has been axed by Manchester United with his contract terminatedCredit: AFP

    And as SunSport revealed last week, the Red Devils have decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

    The news was announced at 5.30pm as United released a blunt statement for the club icon.

    The club 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.”

    The news comes less than 48 hours before Ronaldo kicks off his fifth World Cup campaign with Portugal.

    The Euro 2016 champions face Ghana in Doha on Thursday afternoon.

    And captain Ronaldo will start the game unemployed as a free agent.

    The former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar launched a scathing attack on Manchester United in his 90-minute sit-down chat with Piers.

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