Later News Nov 23

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United, Glazers could follow


Christmas has come early for Manchester United fans, as hero turned villain Cristiano Ronaldo has officially left the club.

 

As a bonus, it appears that the Glazers – also known as the worst thing to happen to United since Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool – are also on the brink of following the Portuguese out of the club.

 

The writing on the wall for Ronaldo’s inglorious departure from United was painted in bright neon red and adorned with sparklers ever since his infamous interview with number one fanboy Piers Morgan, and it was finally confirmed this morning by the club.

 

WATCH: Ronaldo's 22/23 season so far

 

In a statement, United said: “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.”

 

The Ronaldo PR machine also issued their own statement regarding his departure, with the 37-year-old insisting that he continues to “love” the club and its fans.

 

“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” said 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.”

 

WATCH: Joao Mario insists Ronaldo's problems at United won't affect Portugal

 

It is understood that United will not need to pay a settlement fee to Ronaldo, which saves them around £16m (S$26.3m) – a figure that will likely go straight into the pockets of the Glazers before their own departure from the club.

 

After years of being hero-worshipped by Liverpool fans, the Glazers have decided that now is the right time to sell the Old Trafford outfit, which is valued at around £5bn (S$8.22bn).

 

Executive co-chairmen and directors Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer said in a statement: “The strength of Manchester United rests on the passion and loyalty of our global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. As we seek to continue building on the club's history of success, the Board has authorised a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives.

 

“We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximises the significant growth opportunities available to the club today and in the future. Throughout this process we will remain fully focused on serving the best interests of our fans, shareholders, and various stakeholders.”

 

The Glazers’ openness to sell the club comes just weeks after Fenway Sports Group (FSG) extended an invite for new shareholders to invest in Liverpool.

 

These moves come just over a year after the failure of the European Super League, a venture which both the Glazers and Liverpool owner John Henry were heavily involved in.

 

Coincidence?

 

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