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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man United on mutual terms

Early this month, Christiano criticized the club and said he had "no respect" for manager Erik ten Hag.

"The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford," said a Manchester United statement. They wished "him and his family well for the future" and added "everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team's progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch".

Currently, Ronaldo is with Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar and is set to captain them in their opening Group H game against Ghana on Thursday.

At the moment, Christiano enjoys £500,000 perk -a-week contract with United and his departure leaves him free to sign for another club when the transfer window opens in January. "Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early," said a statement from Ronaldo. "I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

"I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future."

Ronaldo had not played for United because of an unspecified illness since he captained them in their 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa on 6 November.

Early last month controversy started when between him and the manager Ten Hag after refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham.

In his TalkTV interview last week, Ronaldo said he felt "betrayed by the club" and, along with his view of Ten Hag, added that he felt he was being forced out of the club, adding that there was "no evolution" at the club since former manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

United responded last Friday with a statement to say they had "initiated appropriate steps" in response.

"Cristiano obviously did that interview with the mindset that he wasn't happy and wanted to get out of the club. He made that very clear," former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

"I think Erik ten Hag got what he wanted in this situation as well. Both parties are happy and we can move on.

Earlier on, the star had wished Arsenal to win the premier league title if Manchester United failed to clinch it.

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