Ronaldo, 37, has then agreed a “mutual” termination of his contract Explosive interview with Piers Morgan In which he criticized United and manager Erik ten Haag.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement released on Tuesday.
“The club would like to thank him for his immense contribution in two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.
“Everyone at Manchester United is focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Haag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford was due to run until June but when the striker told Morgan the club had made “zero progress” since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and he “has no respect” for Ten Haag , so United demanded an early cancellation. ,
In an accompanying statement, Ronaldo, who has rejoined United juventus In 2021, said it was “time for a new challenge.” He added: “After talks with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to terminate our contract early.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change. However, it seems like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”
He is free to join another club immediately after leaving Old Trafford and will not have to wait until the January transfer window.
United were keen to resolve the situation quickly, with sources telling ESPN they were prepared to sue for breach of contract If a mutual termination cannot be agreed upon.