Since the exodus of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid after winning the coveted Champions League for a record fifth time in 2018, his career has been full of dramatic moments.
Recall that the Portuguese forward penned a four-year-deal with Juventus after leaving the Spanish Giants. However, the football icon, despite his sensational form in Turin, could not replicate his Madrid form in Italy – the beginning of his many troubles.
In his third season with the old ladies, Juventus were on the verge of missing out on the Champions League spot, forcing Ronaldo to push for a move from Italy and possibly join a Champions League side in the following season.
The five-time World Best Player added fuel to the speculation of his transfer away from Juventus in 2021 when he was spotted moving his cars from his property in Turin in the night. This led to major speculation with regards to his already heavily discussed and reported transfer away from the Bainconeri.
Luckily, the old ladies eventually qualified for the UCL but it did not stop Ronaldo from moving away from the club and signed for Manchester United – a sensational return that broke the Internet.
Ronaldo was instrumental to United last season but they failed to qualify for Champions League. This forced him to attempt to exit the club as he could not see himself not playing the UCL. Unfortunately, he could not get a club and United had insisted that they were not ready to sell him.
Having failed to leave in January, Ronaldo was reduced to a bit-part player at United and he has a paltry three goals to his name this season.
United coach, Erik Ten Hag had suggested Ronaldo’s lack of minutes this season is due to him missing pre-season but is sure he will now contribute more to the team.
“He is getting in better shape now and I am happy with that, so he can contribute more to the squad and I’m sure he will do, it’s proven once again no one can miss pre-season,” Hag said.
Ronaldo’s woes continued during the game against Tottenham as he refused to come on as a substitute late in the game and left the stadium while the game was still on – he was suspended in the next game against Chelsea. However, his woes were compounded following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
The Portuguese star accused Manchester United and coach Erik Ten Hag of betrayal and lack of respect.
He said “At United, the progress was zero, in my opinion. To compare with Real Madrid and even Juventus, that they follow the rest of the world, so the technology, especially in terms of training, nutrition and conditioning, eat properly and to recover better than before – surprised me.
“Manchester right now to compare with that club, I think it’s behind in my opinion, which is something that surprised me. A club with this dimension should be the top of the tree in my opinion and they are not, unfortunately. They are not in that level. But I hope the next years they can reach to be in a top level.
“I don’t know what’s going on but since Sir Alex Ferguson left I saw no evolution in the club, the progress was zero.”
On Ten Hag, Ronaldo said “The coach didn’t have respect for me. So this is why the relationship, it’s in that way”.
“He keep saying in the press that he come to me, he like me blah, blah, blah, but that is only for the press, 100 per cent. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never going to have respect for you.”
In a swift reaction, United sensationally removed Ronaldo’s pictures from Old Trafford and had gone ahead to terminate his contract.
A club statement 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.”
On his part, Ronaldo issued a statement saying “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.”
The former Madrid history maker is currently in Qatar with his national team battling for the World Cup glory. Currently, he is without a club and many are wondering, is the end in sight?
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