Manchester United players have been reacting to the exit of the Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo from the club.
Recall that, in a statement last week, United confirmed that the legendary forward’s contract had been terminated by mutual consent following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
In a series of bombshells, Ronaldo claimed he felt ‘betrayed’ by the club, saying he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.
The interview made his position at the club and his exit from the Old Trafford confirmed on Tuesday.
United 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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s comment
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. 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.”
Read the reaction of some of United’s players here:
“It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him. He is one of my idols and someone I always looked up to. It’s something I can keep with me forever. I wish him all the best and we want to thank him for the things he’s done for Manchester United.”
“I haven’t exchanged any messages with him, but Cristiano Ronaldo is a player with great experience, and he knows what’s best for his career. Of course we are sad a player like him is leaving because we are talking about one of the best players of all time.
“I wish him all the best in his football career – except when he plays against me – but I wish him all the best.”
“It was good for me while it lasted. Now Cristiano has taken a different decision for his career and his family and we have to respect that. I haven’t discussed the topic with Cris. We’re all focused on the national team and the World Cup. I don’t feel uncomfortable. I don’t have to pick a side. It was a dream come true to play with Cristiano [at United] but nothing lasts forever.
“We know what the World Cup means to Cristiano and his focus has always been there. He didn’t tell me about his decision. It’s a personal decision and it concerns him and his family. We haven’t talked about it. Everyone here is focused on the goal, the national team and the World Cup.”