On Tuesday (November 22), Manchester United announced that Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent. Ronaldo also posted a post on his social media, thanking fans for their support and revealing that it was time for him to look for a new challenge. The decision came days after the Portuguese’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan. In the interview, Ronaldo criticized the club for their lack of development and suggested that Erik ten Hag did not respect him.
Speaking to the press ahead of Spain’s 2022 FIFA World Cup opening match against Costa Rica, Enrique commented on Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United.
The Spaniard admitted he was surprised by the decision and called on both Ronaldo and United to explain themselves. The former Barcelona coach said (via Mundo Deportivo):
“It was a surprise when Cristiano left United, I met him at dinner and I was surprised. But I can’t rate because I don’t have all the information. It would be great if both United and Cristiano both said something.”
In his second stint at Old Trafford, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner played 54 games for the Red Devils in all competitions, scoring 27 goals and providing five assists.
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney is not surprised when Cristiano Ronaldo leaves
Former MU legend Wayne Rooney admitted he was sad to see Ronaldo leave Old Trafford, but was not surprised. The former England international claims that Ronaldo will never find his way back to United after an interview with Piers Morgan, adding that all will be better.
Speaking on Sports 18, Rooney said (via Hindustan Times):
“It’s sad. Once he’s done the interview and the way he’s attacking the club, there’s no other choice. I think there’s no other option. It’s a shame he’s been the one. He’s obviously still a very good player. I think now he’s not the player he was when he was 23 years old. That’s probably the best thing… for him. Cristiano right now, the only aim will be to focus on the World Cup.”
Cristiano Ronaldo also criticized Rooney in the interview. The former Real Madrid player thinks his former United team-mate is jealous of his career and how good he looks despite being in his 30s. Ronaldo also assigns him a rat and claims that he is not a friend.