Cristiano Ronaldo cost Manchester United £1.2MILLION per goal over 18 months, with forward earning £32MILLION in total… but free agent will miss out on a further £16m after leaving Red Devils by mutual consent
- Cristiano Ronaldo cost Man United £1.2million for every goal in his second stint
- The forward is set to lose out on £16m after agreeing to leave Red Devils
- Ronaldo will get no compensation for the remainder of his seven-month deal
- United announced the forward was leaving via a 67-word statement online
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals are set to cost Manchester United a whopping £1.2million each, after the Portuguese superstar agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.
In a 67-word statement on their website, the Red Devils announced that they had parted ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the wake of his bombshell interview criticising the club last week.
As Sportsmail reported earlier, United have not paid Ronaldo any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract – in what is likely an attempt to recoup some of the finances spent on his huge deal.
Manchester United announced Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club by mutual consent
Ronaldo joined the Red Devils from Juventus in summer 2021 and put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Old Trafford – worth £500k-a-week.
Having been at the club for well over a year, before leaving via mutual consent on Tuesday, the 37-year-old is set to walk away with a massive £32million from the deal.
This means the club have shelled out just under £1.2million for every goal scored by the Portuguese star in his second tenure at the club.
Ronaldo notched 27 goals in all competitions in his year-and-a-half back at United with the majority of those coming before Erik ten Hag’s summer arrival.
The former Ajax coach was one of Ronaldo’s main talking points in his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan which set the wheels in motion for his departure.
The Portuguese star slammed United in a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week
Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon via a statement on the club’s website.
It read: ‘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.’
Ronaldo’s issues arose after the appointment of current boss Erik ten Hag
Ronaldo released his own statement following the news, writing: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.
‘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.’
Throughout his bombshell interview, Ronaldo’s stance on United’s fans remained the same as he insisted that he will always have ‘love’ for the supporters.
The United star is set to cost United £1.2million per goal during his second stint at the club
The wheels for Ronaldo’s departure were put into motion after his comments on ten Hag and United’s ownership came to fruition.
Ronaldo voiced his issues with United’s current boss and also mentioned previous concerns with Ole Gunnar Solkjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
He said: ‘I don’t have respect for him [ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me. Some people, they don’t want me here – not only the coach but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but last year too.’
Ronaldo also urged fans to continue their protest against the Glazers’ ownership.
He said: ‘The fans, they’re always right. I think the fans should know the truth – should now that the players… we want the best for the club.
‘I want the best of the club. This is why I am coming to Manchester United. This is why I love this club.
Ronaldo fell out of favour with ten Hag despite a scintillating year for United last season
The forward can look for a new club as a free agent and United to line up a replacement striker in the January transfer window.
Sportsmail revealed that Ronaldo met with representatives from Bayern Munich last week.
Sporting Lisbon would also be interested in re-signing a player who started his career at the club, but Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes will have to drop their wage demands if he wants to continue playing in Europe.
Otherwise, the former Real Madrid and Juventus star will have to look to the Middle East or America. He confirmed in the interview that he turned down an offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer worth in excess of £300m.