Manchester United have reached an agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo to mutually terminate his contract.
The athletic reported last week that United had launched legal proceedings against Ronaldo for breach of contract following his interview with Piers Morgan.
That work has developed rapidly and the departure of the 37-year-old has been completed.
A statement from United read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement, effective immediately.
“The club thanks him for his tremendous contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.”
Ronaldo conducted a highly critical interview ahead of the World Cup, where the attacker will play for Portugal, in which he accused his employers of betrayal and lashed out at head coach Erik ten Hag, as well as the club’s hierarchy.
The Old Trafford side released a statement on Thursday saying: “Manchester United have taken appropriate steps this morning following Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview.
“We will not comment further until this process is complete.”
Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United: how a glorious return turned sour
All top players sign an Eredivisie employment contract with their teams.
Under that agreement, they are required to “comply with and act in accordance with all lawful instructions of any authorized officer of the club” and must not “write or say anything that may bring the club into disrepute … or cause it” . damage to the club”.
Ronaldo said he felt “betrayed” by the club in an interview with Morgan published in The Sun newspaper.
The attacker added that he feels he is being forced out of United, “not only by the coach (Erik ten Hag), but also by two or three other people around the club”.
He said: “I feel betrayed.
‘Some people, I feel, don’t want me here. Not only this year, but also last year.”
Ronaldo also addressed his relationship with Ten Hag, adding: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t respect me.
“If you don’t respect me, I’ll never respect you.”
He also spoke of Ralf Rangnick’s time at the club, who was appointed interim manager last season following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The German has had great success as director of football, but he had not managed a team for more than two years before taking over at United in November last year. Ronaldo said: “If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be in charge of Manchester United? I had never even heard of him.”
Ronaldo told United he wanted to leave last summer if they got a suitable offer, but no satisfactory proposals came in.
He was previously criticized by his manager in August for leaving early during a friendly against Rayo Vallecano.
Ronaldo was substituted at half-time during the warm-up match and was then filmed off the ground before the end.
Last month, he refused to come on as a substitute in the closing stages of United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.
He was then left out of their squad to play Chelsea the following weekend and trained alone before returning to the line-up for a 3–0 Europa League defeat to Sheriff.
The Portugal international also missed his side’s last Premier League game before the World Cup stopper, a 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday, due to illness.
Ronaldo has struggled for form in front of goal this season. The Portugal international has scored one goal in ten Premier League appearances this season.
However, he has played a more prominent role in the Europa League campaign. Ronaldo has started all six of United’s games in the league, scoring two goals and providing two assists.
In the Premier League, Ronaldo has largely been cast as a peripheral figure with just four starts.
United entered the World Cup break in fifth place in the Premier League.
(Photo: Getty Images)