The Portuguese international footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United “with immediate effect” and by mutual agreement, announced this Tuesday, the 22nd, the English club, following an interview in which the striker said he felt “betrayed” and disrespected.
The information was advanced last night by the international press, which cites the club’s statement.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United, by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, with 145 goals in 346 games, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.” in a short statement.
The decision is described by the Portuguese star as being the “right time to look for a new challenge”.
Reactions were not long in coming. Wayne Rooney, targeted in the recent interview that Cristiano Ronaldo granted, was not surprised by the termination of the contract between the Portuguese star and Manchester United, as he understood that it was to be expected.
“Surprised? Not. There was no other option, but it’s unfortunate because he was a fantastic help to the club. I wish him the best wherever he goes”, said the former English striker this Tuesday about a player he had as a teammate at Old Trafford.
Another former teammate of Ronaldo’s at the English club, who reacted to the departure is Paul Scholes who harshly said: “Mission accomplished, donkey”, writes the newspaper O Jogo.
Rio Ferdinand, a former United player and former teammate of Ronaldo, also reacted. On his Twitter, saying, “Just saw the news… It’s best for both parties.”