Cristiano Ronaldo's Man United exit 'no surprise' after huge interview

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United exit ‘comes as no surprise’ given he ‘clearly breached his contract’ in explosive interview criticising club, claims British law firm – while outcome ‘voids need for a protracted and potentially embarrassing appeal process’

  • Manchester United revealed Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club on Tuesday night
  • A British law firm says it ‘comes as no surprise’ given his ‘clear contract breach’ 
  • They add the outcome ‘voids need for a long and embarrassing appeal process’ 
  • The Portuguese claimed his departure from the Old Trafford club was mutual 
  • It was revealed Ronaldo kissed goodbye to £16million in compensation money
  • LIVE: All the latest reaction as the Red Devils part company with the forward, 37
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden Manchester United departure ‘comes as no surprise’ because his bombshell interview criticising the club was a ‘clear breach of contract’, according to a British law firm.

The veteran forward stunned the footballing world with an explosive interview with TV presenter Piers Morgan, in which he openly criticised the club, the manager and his own-team mates – with United then announcing his exit on Tuesday evening.

Ronaldo and the club have now separated by mutual consent, an outcome which ‘voids the need for a protracted and potentially embarrassing appeal process’, a representative of Mishcon de Reya said.

The company’s Head of Sport Simon Leaf said: ‘Given the explosive nature of the allegations made against Manchester United, its Directors and Owners by Ronaldo, and equally, the clear breach of contract by Ronaldo that would have potentially entitled Manchester United to terminate Ronaldo’s contract for ‘gross misconduct’, this announcement comes as no surprise to anyone.

‘From a legal perspective, these kind of early termination arrangements have become increasingly popular in recent years with a number of high-profile players leaving clubs in this way. 

‘In this case, it avoids the need for a protracted and potentially embarrassing appeal process that may have been triggered had United terminated the contract for breach.’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United exit ‘comes as no surprise’, according to a British law firm

The Manchester club announced the sudden departure of the forward on Tuesday evening

Ronaldo’s bombshell interview with TV presenter Piers Morgan (right) blasting the club, manager and his team-mates  was a ‘clear breach of contract’, according to Mishcon de Reya

Sportsmail can reveal that United have not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford. 

United’s lawyers have been looking to tear it up since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan aired in two parts last week.

Ronaldo said in a statement: ‘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 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.’   

United’s terse 68-word statement read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

Ronaldo criticised Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family as well as saying he was ‘betrayed’ 

Ronaldo (right) has had a fractured relationship with Ten Hag since the Dutchman’s arrival

‘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 position at the club became untenable after the bombshell interview and the club took just four days to show him the door. 

However, the club were reluctant to become embroiled in an unseemly court battle with one of their greatest ever players. 

Portugal’s World Cup campaign kicks off on Thursday evening against Ghana in Group H

Ronaldo (left) dropped his interview before jetting off to World Cup duties with Portugal

The Glazers, chief executive Richard Arnold, football director John Murtough and Ten Hag decided that Ronaldo has burnt his bridges at Old Trafford and there is no way back for him at the club.

They rejected the idea of more disciplinary action after Ronaldo was dropped and made to train on his own last month for walking out during the win over Tottenham having refusing to come on as a substitute.

Ronaldo’s team-mates also expected him to leave with the mood towards him described as ‘ambivalent’. It was made clear he would not have not been welcome back at Old Trafford or the club’s Carrington training base after the World Cup.

Now the matter has been dealt with, Ronaldo can look for a new club as a free agent and United to line up a replacement striker in the January transfer window.  

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