Cristiano Ronaldo ended his contract with Manchester United earlier this week and had a sensational reaction to being asked about the Red Devils after he made history for Portugal at the World Cup.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted expressively to his questioning over his ‘difficult’ departure from Manchester United by claiming it ‘didn’t matter’ after making history at the World Cup.
The 37-year-old striker started and captained Portugal in their Group H opener against Ghana. And he gave his team the lead after an hour from a penalty kick, after a mistake by Southampton defender Mohamed Salisu.
The successful effort meant that Ronaldo became the first male player ever to score five different World Cup titles. He capped off a sensational week as he left Manchester United by mutual consent following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
He issued a short statement in the aftermath. The text read: “After talks with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to terminate our contract early. I love Manchester United and I love the fans, and that will never change.
“However, this seems like the right time for me to look for a new challenge. I wish the team every success in the remainder of the season and in the future.”
After the victory over Ghana, Ronaldo was again investigated over his exit from Old Trafford, with a certain journalist claiming during a press conference that it had been a “tough” week for the striker. Ronaldo slowly shook his head in response, and had a rather unfazed look on his face – indicating that his departure wasn’t particularly painful.
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He said: A week is over with this chapter [with Man Utd]. It’s closed and now I want to start off on the good foot. we [Portugal] We started, we won.
“I can help my team and all the rest doesn’t matter.”
It remains to be seen what Ronaldo’s future holds after his exit from United. He is currently a free agent and will be keen to secure a deal with a new club once his World Cup commitments are over.
The former Real Madrid club has already made the decision not to pursue a deal despite first-choice striker Karim Benzema’s injury. But Ronaldo has already received an offer from Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr have already announced their interest, while Al-Hilal has also entered the fray for his signature. The Portuguese had already refused to transfer big money to the Middle East in the summer, a deal that would have been worth around £305m over two years.
Instead, Ronaldo chose to stay with Manchester United – a decision that appears to have been the wrong one given how quickly his relationship with the Red Devils has fallen apart this season. The striker will be in the next match on Monday as Portugal play Uruguay before ending their group stage commitments against South Korea.