Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney, who has been in discussion ever since Cristiano Ronaldo launched a staunching attack on him in his Piers Morgan interview. The Portuguese international ranted against each and everyone, right from the club, to its current and former managers and the legends. As a result, which should not surprise anybody, Manchester United have parted way with Cristiano Ronaldo after a mutual contract termination was agreed and signed. It is rather like Ronaldo finally got what he wanted at the start of the season, quitting Old Trafford.

He left early for Portugal camp, citing illness problems and missed United’s last two games before the World Cup break. And just before the world tournament kicked-off, he burnt all the bridges back to United. In his exclusive interview to Piers Morgan, Ronaldo slammed the club for stagnating and ‘betraying’ him, Erik ten Hag for not respecting him, and former teammates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville to criticise him. United’s all-time top scorer, Rooney has now responded to Ronaldo’s abrupt ending to his second Old Trafford spell.

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Its done and dusted for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. Credits: Twitter

Rooney insists termination was coming after Cristiano Ronaldo ‘attacked the club’

The Cristiano Ronaldo-Manchester United battle was arguably a long fought one, with problems furling up after the Red Devils had appointed Ralf Rangnick as their interim boss in December last season. The German played with fire in falling out with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as United missed out on a top four finish and subsequently the UEFA Champions League. With Ronaldo already frustrated after failing to seal a move away from the club, new manager Erik ten Hag only added to it.

The Dutchman reduced Ronaldo’s role to a mere benchwarmer, and handed him regular starts only in the Europa League, which looked like a waning superstar on small-town tours. The Tottenham incident and Chelsea suspension too hasn’t gone down well with the former Real Madrid striker, who accused Ten Hag of ‘not respecting’ him, and that he too shared the same sentiment. And after he ripped apart United as well for ‘no progress’ in the pot Sir Alex Ferguson era, it was not going to be a dream ending for Ronaldo at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’. Speaking about his termination, Rooney, who is on World Cup punditry duties told Visa India’s Match Centre::

“I think it’s sad. It’s sad to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, as I’ve said many times one of the best players of all time, to see it end this way with Manchester United is obviously, as a former teammate and a fan of Manchester United, it’s sad to see it end this way.

“But I think once everyone’s seen the interview, with Piers Morgan and how he attacked the club. I think there was no option. There’s no option for this [not] to happen, so I’m not surprised, no. It’s a shame because he’s been a fantastic servant for Manchester United and I wish him all the best which whichever club he goes to next.

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Wayne Rooney, former teammates with Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his thoughts on the 37-year-old’s unwanted ending at United. Credits: Twitter

“He’s obviously still a very good player. And as I’ve said before, he’s not the player he was when he was 23. He’s now 37. And I still felt there was a part for him to play at Manchester United, maybe not from the start, but coming on. He obviously doesn’t feel he’s ready to accept that role and he obviously wants to continue his career elsewhere.

“So for the club, is probably the best thing I think it allows them to focus on the players who are there and who want to be there, and for Cristiano, his focus will solely be on the World Cup and Portugal and then after this tournament, I’m sure there’ll be teams looking to sign him. Certainly, if he has a good tournament, there’ll be a lot of teams looking to try and sign him.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will now have to concentrate on both the FIFA World Cup with Portugal, and finding a new club in January. With a divided mind now, it will be interesting to see how the Portugal captain performs on he field in their group stage opener against Ghana on November 24. There are speculations already that his Portuguese teammates are not happy with their leader for the timing of the interview, which can disrupt their preparations.