Piers Morgan posts two-word reaction as Man Utd confirm Ronaldo exit
Piers Morgan has reacted to the news that Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Manchester United with immediate effect following his bombshell interview on TALKTV that burned his few remaining bridges at Old Trafford. The 37-year-old Portugal superstar refused to hold back during an explosive 90-minute sit down with the British broadcaster last week that has seemingly tarnished his legendary status with the Red Devils following two high-profile spells with the club.
Both United and Ronaldo have since confirmed this evening that he will be leaving Old Trafford immediately just two days out from Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana.
And Morgan, who has continued to revel in his world exclusive, couldn’t resist responding to the developments – tweeting “The End” before later adding “Time for Phase 2,” accompanied with an image of Ronaldo holding up an Arsenal shirt with his name on the back.
Ronaldo was evidently aware of the potential repercussions of the interview as he heavily criticised current head coach Erik ten Hag, United’s infrastructure and facilities plus former team-mates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.
Following the broadcast, United confirmed they were looking to establish the facts behind the interview before commenting on the ordeal.
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“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 has played 10 times in the Premier League this season, scoring just once in the 2-1 win at Everton.
The striker was his 700th goal at club level as the records continue to follow the seasoned veteran, who is now eyeing a fresh challenge either in Europe or further afield.
Last summer, Jorge Mendes attempted to engineer Ronaldo’s Old Trafford after offering his client to a host of clubs including Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Napoli and Sporting.
None were willing to oblige and pursue a deal, however, meaning Ronaldo was forced to stay at United against his wish.
His decision to storm down the tunnel early prior to the full-time whistle during United’s 2-0 home win over Tottenham soured his relations with Ten Hag and the club’s fan base last month.
But after training away from the first team, Ronaldo was reintegrated into Ten Hag’s set-up after apologising to the manager and his United team-mates.
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