Ahead of the first match of the World Cup in Portugal… Ronaldo finally parted ways with Manchester United [2022 카타르 월드컵]

Cristiano Ronaldo (37, Portugal), who had criticized his team Manchester United (Man United), eventually parted ways with the first game of the 2022 Qatar World Cup right around the corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo drinks water during training at the Portugal national football team’s training center at the Al Shahaniya Sports Club in Qatar on February 22 (local time). Al Shahaniyah (Qatar) = Newsis

Manchester United announced on the 23rd that Ronaldo was leaving the team immediately by mutual consent. It has been 1 year and 3 months since he returned to Manchester United in August of last year. Ronaldo reportedly left the team without even receiving his remaining seven months’ wages. Ronaldo’s weekly wage is over £500,000 (approximately 780 million won).

Ronaldo, who stood tall as a world-class star while playing for Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, later returned to Manchester United after 12 years of absence through Real Madrid (Spain) and Juventus (Italy). In the 2021-2022 season when he returned, he made a big success in the Premier League (EPL), scoring 24 goals in 38 official matches, including 18 goals in 30 matches, but this season, he could not show a good figure on the pitch amid rumors of a disagreement with coach Eric Ten Hag.

In particular, a recent interview in the UK broadcasting their dissatisfaction with the club and coach Ten Hag seems to have been a direct trigger for the breakup. In an interview, Ronaldo said about coach Ten Hag, “I do the same because he doesn’t respect me,” or about the club, “There has been no improvement at all since Alex Ferguson left the team.”

Suspicions were also raised that Ronaldo was having a feud with Bruno Fernands, who plays with his team and the national team, because of this interview in which he criticized the team.

As the wave continued, Ronaldo stood in front of the reporters at the national team training ground on the 21st and said, “Controversies such as recent episodes can sometimes shake the players, but the team does not shake.” Please ask me questions about it,” he said.

Ronaldo’s Portugal will go to Ghana and Qatar at 1:00 am on the 25th in Group H’s first leg of the World Cup group stage. After that, we will face Uruguay on the 29th, and at 0:00 on the 3rd, we will play the final 3rd game against Korea.

Reporter Yongjun Song eidy015@segye.com

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