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In the middle of the World Cup, and less than 48 hours before Portugal’s entry into the running against Ghana, the English club Manchester United announces the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The divorce is official and to tell the truth, it does not surprise anyone as long as the domestic scenes, the invectives, the disappointments, the attacks and interposed reactions had finished polluting the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United.
CR7 and Man U is a story that ends badly, like after the reformation of a couple. The Portuguese striker had returned a little over a year ago to the club which had revealed and won it in front of the world with a first Ballon d’Or won in 2005. And if the reunion had been fiery during from a first season to 24 goals in 37 matches, the sequel was less romantic.
Obsessed with his race for record goals in the Champions League, the ex-Real Madrid player has never digested his club’s non-qualification for the prestigious club competition this season. His discomfort, his sulking ended up annoying the whole club, especially his coach Erik Ten Hag who very often decided to do without him.
” I have no respect for Erik ten Hag »
Recently, in an interview with TalkTV, Ronaldo said he felt ” treason “. He took the opportunity to criticize his coach. ” I have no respect for Erik ten Hag, because he does not show me respect “, he had declared. The breaking point was reached and Manchester United formalized the divorce in a press release evoking this Tuesday, November 22 a break “ by mutual agreement, with immediate effect “. ” The club thanks him for his immense contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family a bright future. “, adds the press release.
Present at the World Cup with his selection, with which the tensions are also palpable, Cristiano Ronaldo will certainly have to look for a new club after the World Cup. But at 37 and after his last stormy relationship, not sure that the high standing suitors are jostling at the gate.