Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United after breach of contract.
The 37-year-old forward has criticised manager Erik ten Hag and club’s owners in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo still had seven months remaining in his contract and was getting paid in excess of £500,000 a week.
The Portuguese talisman is now free to join any club after the World Cup and United will now save in the region of £16 million because of his breach of contract.
A club statement read: ‘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 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.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2022
Ronaldo read: ‘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.’