Manchester United want to terminate the contract with Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s becoming increasingly safe to say that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United career is over.

The club reportedly want to release the star striker after Ronaldo’s comments about the club and its management in an interview ahead of the World Cup. Ronaldo, 37, made disparaging comments about Manchester United and manager Erik ten Hag, saying United had made “zero progress” in the past decade and that he had no respect for the manager.

United said in a statement on Friday that it had “initiated appropriate measures in response” to the interview. According to ESPN FC, United have even asked lawyers to look into whether Ronaldo has breached his contract.

Ronaldo’s contract is set to expire in June if he is not terminated by the club before then. He returned to Manchester United ahead of the 2021-22 season and led the team with 18 EPL goals in 27 starts. But it became clear during last season that he did not suit the pressing style of play that Manchester United wanted to implement.

Ronaldo has made just four starts and six substitute appearances in the EPL so far this season and has one goal from 25 starts. He didn’t back down against Tottenham earlier this season and left the tunnel away from the bench before the end of the game. His early exit led to a suspension for the team’s next game against Chelsea.

Any attempt to patch things up with Ronaldo after that suspension clearly didn’t work and it’s hard to see how the interview wasn’t an attempt to force him out as soon as possible. Ronaldo has wanted to leave the club since the end of last season, but no club has made an offer suitable enough for United to accept given Ronaldo’s salary. Before the interview, the club were reportedly willing to let Ronaldo leave for free in January if a team was willing to take over his contract.

Ronaldo’s TV interview with Piers Morgan was recorded and released just days before what will likely be his last World Cup with Portugal. Ronaldo will captain the team as Portugal seek their first World Cup title. The nation has never made a World Cup final and is the No.9 favorite to win the tournament at BetMGM at +1600.

OEIRAS, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during Portugal’s training and press conference at Cidade do Futebol FPF on November 15, 2022 in Oeiras, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

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