Cristiano Ronaldo is confirmed to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect. The club confirmed the same in a statement after Ronaldo gave the explosive interview against the upper echelons of the Red Devils. The Portugal captain has been subjected to intense criticism over his recent interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. The footballer criticised the club over a number of issues and alleged that a few club bosses are trying to “force him out.” He also confessed that he “doesn’t respect” manager Erik ten Hag. The decision of Man United to part ways with Ronaldo seems to have come as a result of the explosive interview. In a statement, the club wrote, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future. 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.” Meanwhile, Ronaldo released his statement that read, “Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.” The five-time Ballon d’Or winner added, “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.” As the announcement hit the headlines, pictures of Ronaldo took over the internet.