Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United “with immediate effect”, the club announced on Tuesday, ending the rift between the player and manager Erik ten Hag.
The 37-year-old striker openly criticized the coach and the club’s owners.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement.
“The club thanks him for his immense contribution during two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.”
Ronaldo, who now plays for Portugal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, said in a statement on Tuesday that he loved the club and the fans.
“However, it seems that the time is right to look for a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”