Cristiano Ronaldo and ManU part ways: The story behind the divide

Nov 23, 2022

By: Srishti Magan

Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United part ways

On Tuesday, November 22, ace football player, Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and football club Manchester United mutually agreed to part ways. This was Ronaldo’s second stint with the club.

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Statements by Ronaldo and Man Utd

Man Utd released a statement stating “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect”. Ronaldo too posted a statement, sharing it was the “right time to seek a new challenge”.

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The interview with Piers Morgan

The decision comes on the heels of Ronaldo’s explosive interview with broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan where he criticised the club, sharing he felt ‘betrayed’ by the club, and alleging the club bosses of trying to ‘force him out’.

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Trouble started before the interview

The interview with Morgan was just the last straw. Trouble between Ronaldo and Man Utd was brewing for a while - starting with Ronaldo missing United’s pre-season tours of Thailand and Australia due to family issues.

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The unused substitute

The divide deepened when Ronaldo was photographed outside the stadium before a match ended, in a friendly clash against Rayo Vallecano. Later, Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur was overshadowed with a photograph of Ronaldo storming off the pitch into the locker room as an unused substitute.

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The first stint with Manchester United

Starting in 2021, this was Ronaldo’s second spell with Man Utd, and it lasted only a year. He first joined the club in 2003, when he was only 18 and played for them for six years till 2009.

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Other clubs before rejoining Manchester United

Ronaldo first left Man Utd. in 2009 to join Real Madrid, staying with them for 9 years till 2018. In 2018, he joined Juventus, and after a stint of three years with them, returned to Man Utd in 2021.

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The most expensive transfer for an Italian club

Ronaldo’s transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018 was worth €100 million (£88 million) - the most expensive transfer for a player above the age of 30. And, the most expensive transfer for an Italian club.

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The first footballer to earn over $1 billion

In 2020, Ronaldo became the first footballer to earn over $1 billion, surpassing long-time rival, Lionel Messi. In 2022, Kylian Mbappé replaced both Messi and Ronaldo as the world’s highest paid soccer player.

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The stats that set Ronaldo apart

Widely regarded as one of the best football players, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or awards and holds the record for the most goals (140) and assists (42) in the Champions League.

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What does the future hold for Ronaldo?

Currently, there is no confirmation on the club that 37-year-old Ronaldo may join, though sports enthusiasts are speculating between Newcastle United, Chelsea or his first club, Sporting CP. However, during his interaction with Morgan, Ronaldo did mention that he may retire at 40.

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