Manchester United have hired attorneys to file a breach of contract suit against striker Cristiano Ronaldo after comments he made in a recent interview. The club is eager to get the matter resolved as soon as possible.
After playing for Portugal in the World Cup in Qatar, Ronaldo, now 37, has reportedly been told not to return to United’s Carrington training facility. This effectively ends Ronaldo’s playing career with the club.
While on Talk TV with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo made many accusations regarding United. Some of them were that the club is trying to push him out, that the upper management didn’t show enough compassion when his newborn son died in April, that the Glazer family doesn’t care about the team, and that manager Erik ten Hag doesn’t respect him.
Ronaldo’s contract, which pays him about £500,000 per week, will run out in July. United was caught off guard by Ronaldo’s remarks, in which he revealed his desire to quit the club this summer. He and the rest of the Portuguese team are scheduled to touch down in Doha on Friday night (local time), with the first training session set for Saturday afternoon.
After a phenomenal first stint at United that ended in 2009, during which he won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo has returned for a second stint at the club. Because of his work for the team, he is revered by the United faithful and considered one of the club’s all-time greats.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ten Hag’s predecessor, welcomed Ronaldo’s return in the summer of 2021 as a coup, and the club’s fans went wild. However, Ronaldo has severely harmed his reputation and credibility by going public with his charges against United.
This came after his premature exits from the 2-0 league win over Tottenham in October and the friendly against Rayo Vallecano in July. Ronaldo was named captain by Ten Hag despite United’s 3-1 league loss to Aston Villa on November 6. As far as we can tell, this is his last game for the team.