Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United

Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United “with immediate effect,” the club announces on Tuesday, ending the rift between the player and manager Erik ten Hag.

The 37-year-old forward openly slammed the manager and the club’s owners.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement.

“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, now playing for Portugal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said in a statement on Tuesday that he loved the club and the fans.

“However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”