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CRISTIANO RONALDO has had his contract TORN UP by Manchester United after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.

The Old Trafford legend's association with the club where he made his reputation and returned as a hero has reached a sorry conclusion.

Ronaldo, 37, had no chance of a return after his earth-shattering interview with Piers on TalkTV, which was revealed via SunSport first.

A United statement read: "Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

"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."

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Fans ask: Is he Utd's greatest ever?

    Cristiano Ronaldo's sudden ousting sparked heated debate amongst United fans over his all-time status.

    Red Devils' supporters seemed as surprised by pundits at the timing of United stating his contract had been terminated.

    And one responded: "The greatest player in Man United history."

    Perhaps forgetting Ronaldo's thrilling six-year first spell at Old Trafford, another supporter replied: "WTF LOL."

    At the opposite extreme came the view: "He is bigger than United. Not even a debate."

    Stuck in the middle was this argument: "Better for him..Manchester United will be great again without him..Wish him well CR7."

    But another fan posted: "Bro got embarrassed and pushed out of the club. Could never be my goat."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Stat's not impressive for Ron

    Cristiano Ronaldo's outspoken interview with Piers Morgan was the final straw for his United exit.

    But his match stats this season – his second back at Old Trafford – also told a sorry tale.

    Of course, he also paid for manager Erik ten Hag's apparent loss of faith in the 37-year-old.

    But one goal and no assists in ten matches make for far from iconic figures.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea favourites to sign Ronaldo

    Chelsea are 2-1 favourites to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after his Old Trafford departure.

    Next come old club Sporting Lisbon as an 11-4 bet to take the 37-year-old back to Portugal.

    And Ron is 6-1 to join ANY MLS club.

    Coral's John Hill said: “Our betting suggests there is a strong chance Cristiano Ronaldo will remain in the Premier League, after his contract at Manchester United was terminated.

    "We make Chelsea the favourites to sign the Portuguese star and they are proving popular in our betting on his next club," said Coral's John Hill.

    "Sporting Lisbon are also at the top end of the betting, as he may see his former club as the perfect place to go following this saga at Old Trafford."


    2 Chelsea, 11-4 Sporting Lisbon, 6 Any MLS club, 8 Bayern Munich, 12 PSG, 14 Napoli, Roma, 25 Newcastle, 50 Manchester City.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron insists he still 'loves United'

    Cristiano Ronaldo took a conciliatory tone as he released a statement over his sudden departure from Old Trafford.

    The Portugal legend, 37, said: “Following talks with Manchester United, we’ve mutually agreed to end our contract.

    "I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. It feels like the right time to seek a new challenge. I wish Man Utd all the best."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Morgan notes 'The End'

    Sun columnist Piers Morgan, whose interviews with Cristiano Ronaldo sparked his United exit, had a curt response to his contract being cancelled.

    Morgan posted: "The End."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd fans split over Ron exit

    United fans generally seemed to have welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo’s abrupt exit – but some warned that Old Trafford might never see such a legend again.

    Comments approving his departure included “outstanding” … “for the best” and even “best news ever”.

    But one claimed: “Ronaldo will get a good payday wherever he goes so this is like a vacation for him.”

    Other supporters lamented the “sad situation”.

    And one said: “I pity for people who actually hate Ronaldo. You are missing out on watching the Greatest footballer there will ever be, you will regret not enjoying him when he retires.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils thanks Ron for 'immense contribution'

    United's announcement of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure was brutally short.

    But they did add: “The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cristiano out 'by mutual consent'

    Manchester United have terminated Cristiano Ronaldo's contract 'by mutual consent'.

    The rebel legend – at the World Cup with Portugal – seemed on borrowed time after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan this month.

    Ron, 37, claimed United had betrayed him – and the club immediately consulted their lawyers.

    Now he has departed Old Trafford with immediate effect.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United terminate Ronaldo contract

    Old Trafford legend Cristiano Ronaldo is OUT.

    More to follow…

  • Ian Tuckey

    Bellingham tipped to emulate Scholes

    Old Trafford legend Roy Keane believe Manchester United target Jude Bellingam will become an all-time great England midfielder like Paul Scholes – if he continues his scoring form.

    Bellingham, 19, bagged his first goal in 18 internationals to launch the Three Lions' 6-2 defeat of Iran yesterday

    And Keane believes the Borussia Dortmund star – also wanted by Man City, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool – has "everything".

    The Irish hardman said: "Absolutely amazing, I think he is brilliant now. Absolutely brilliant,

    "He’s made a point there about adding more goals to his game at international level, he does score at club level,’ Keane said.

    "He plays with a maturity, he’s got everything you want in a midfielder in the middle of the park in terms of his physique, his maturity, his decision making, his skill.

    "This finish here is fantastic. You remember all the brilliant England midfielders over the years people like Bryan Robson, Scholesy, Lampard and Gerrard. 

    "If you can add to that to your game, that final bit of adding goals. As I said I think he’s a brilliant player anyway and this is a brilliant goal. 

    "In his interview afterwards he comes across as a really good kid, playing very mature. The kid has got everything."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Maguire's confidence will soar

    Glenn Hoddle reckons Harry Maguire's confidence and form should soar after his impressive show in England's 6-2 defeat of Iran.

    Ex-Three Lions midfielder Hoddle believes Maguire has looked "nervous" in his few Premier League games for Manchester United this season.

    But Hoddle expects the centre-back's reassuring start to the World Cup to springboard him to better fortune.

    Former Spurs hero Hoddle, a Betfair ambassador,said: "It was brilliant to see Harry Maguire's performance.

    "We scored first and there wasn't that much defending to do, but everything Maguire did, he did to perfection. He didn't give the ball away, he defended well when he needed to.

    "You can say he got caught for the goal but it was a very cute pass that was played in behind him and I don't think he was feeling too great at the time.

    In a Manchester United shirt, when he's played this season, he's looked nervous and he's made mistakes on the ball.

    "He didn't make any mistakes in the England shirt, he looked and played comfortable. I think that's key and I'm pleased to see it.

    It was a big call from the manager that he got right.

    "Maguire ended up hitting the bar, he created Saka's goal with the knock down and he should have had a penalty. He had a really influential game and that will do him the world a good."

  • Ian Tuckey

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    Mexico have started on top and Polish star Nicola Zalewski needed treatment after brave defending.

    Follow all the action on our match blog HERE

  • Alex Smith

    Saudis have last laugh over Keane

    Roy Keane laughed laughing off Saudi Arabia's World Cup chances but it has come back to haunt him.

    The Saudis defeated Argentina 2-1 earlier today in a game that will be remembered for years to come as one of the biggest shocks of all time.

    Keane and Gary Neville made pre-World Cup predictions. On Saudi Arabia, Neville said: "They'll bring tens and tens of thousands of fans. Because they can drive over the border."

    Keane, 51, responded: "And can they play for them?"

    Neville, cracking up joked: "It's 10,000 vs 11."

    Keane added: "Have you ever seen a fan score a goal? It doesn't matter."

  • Alex Smith

    Hannibal features for Tunisia

    Man Utd youngster Hannibal Mejbri came off the bench for Tunisia as they held Denmark to a 0-0 draw.

    He played the last 20 minutes, including injury time.

    There was a slight worry the combative 19-year-old on loan at Birmingham gave away a penalty sliding in on Joachim Maele in the box but the ball had luckily already gone out of play.

  • Alex Smith

    Eriksen held by Tunisia

    Denmark led by Christian Eriksen could not find a way past Tunisia as the game finished goalless.

    Eriksen could not find his usual creative magic as the Danes were frustrated by a solid Tunisian side.

    Things seemed set up for the United midfielder to score when the referee was told to go to the VAR monitor and review a handball that was going to hand Denmark a penalty in stoppage time.

    However, the referee stuck with his on-field decision and did not award a spot kick that Eriksen surely would have taken.

  • Alex Smith

    Sven pleased for Maguire

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was thrilled to see Harry Maguire play well in the victory over Iran yesterday.

    The Swede told Midnite: "I just want to say that I was impressed yesterday with Harry Maguire.

    "A compliment to Gareth Southgate who trusted him and let him play – you need some courage to do that."

  • Alex Smith

    Georgina's transformation

    Unseen Georgina Rodriguez photos in her early-20s reveal her glamorous body transformation, trading a skinny look for a busty figure.

    Before the fast cars, yachts, expensive jewellery and big mansions, Georgina worked as a shop attendant in a Madrid Gucci store – which is where she met then Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Georgina admitted in her Netflix docu-series: "My life changed the day I met Cristiano Ronaldo."

    See all the images here.

  • Alex Smith

    United target Bellingham wears sum shirt

    Man Utd are one of a number of clubs keeping an eye on England star Jude Bellingham.

    The 19-year-old was exceptional in England's 6-2 win over Iran scoring the first goal of the demolition.

    Bellingham wears the No.22 shirt for the national team and Borussia Dortmund because he can play as a No.4, 8 and 10 adding up to 22.

    His former youth coach said he "can do all of it".

    Mike Dodds said: "We sat down with him and we said, ‘we think you’re doing yourself a disservice, we think you can do all of it.

    "So we came up with, ‘we think you can be a 22'.

    “His eyes lit up and we knew had hooked him from then on in! 

    "We said we thought he could be a holding midfielder, or a four. We thought he could be a box-to-box, which is an eight. And we thought he could be a scorer and a creator, so a 10."

  • Alex Smith

    Keane and Souness clash

    Roy Keane and Graeme Souness had an angry verbal bust-up during ITV's half-time coverage of Argentina vs Saudi Arabia.

    The Copa America champions and 36-game unbeaten Argentina were awarded a penalty after Leandro Paredes was wrestled to the ground.

    Liverpool great Souness says the Saudi player had no interest in where the ball was – only the whereabouts of the player he was tracking.

    Souness said the call is not down to "opinion" but "fact", which prompted Keane to respond saying: "Well I'm here to give my opinion – that's not a penalty."

    Fans loved the interaction that got increasingly heated as they shouted over each other, one said: "Just watched Graeme Souness and Roy Keane almost kick [the] f*** out each other live on air. And it’s not even lunchtime."

  • Alex Smith

    Schmeichel has nation angry

    There is fury among Danish journalists over the Schmeichel family.

    Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel has received criticism for following Gary Neville by doing TV pundit work for Qatari-based beIN sports.

    His decision came just a couple of months after Schmeichel revealed his regret over working in Russia at the last World Cup.

    Yesterday, son Kasper, was put up in front of the Danish media on the condition he was not asked about his dad.

    The journalists avoided asking Kasper but they are raging.

    Denmark have been one of the loudest critics of the tournament being hosted in Qatar due to their human rights record.

  • Alex Smith

    Dreams come true

    Denmark face Tunisia in their first game of the World Cup.

    And it marks an incredible occasion for one man in particular – Christian Eriksen.

    The Man Utd ace starts for Denmark fighting back since collapsing suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch in summer 2021 while playing for his country at the Euros.

    Many feared he had died or he would at least never play again but it was always Eriksen's dream to come back and play in the World Cup in Qatar.

    And his dream has become true… he is in the starting XI this afternoon.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Alex Smith

    Disaster start for Martinez's Argentina

    Argentina have lost 1-2 to Saudi Arabia in one of the biggest shocks the World Cup has seen in decades.

    Lisandro Martinez played the final 30 minutes as his nation chased the game trying to prevent embarrassment but with no luck.

    Ex-United star Angel Di Maria played the full game and failed to impress as Argentina were left stunned.

  • Alex Smith

    Martinez on to save Argentina?

    Lisandro Martinez started the game on the bench for Argentina but he has been subbed on during the second half with Saudi Arabia 2-1 up.

    Spurs's Christian Romero and ex-Man City ace Nicolas Otamendi started ahead of Martinez.

    The Man Utd star came on after 60 minutes.

  • Alex Smith

    Garnacho's super sub secret

    Alejandro Garnacho has revealed why he has been such a good impact sub for United.

    The winger scored the winning goal against Fulham coming off the bench to score a late winner and it came from his own touchline analysis.

    He said: "At home I always study the [opposition] full-backs and during the game itself; during the time I'm sitting on the bench. So I can then go on and know where and how I need to be looking to go past them."

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Smith

    Garnacho thrilled with POTM award

    Alejandro Garnacho has been named Manchester United player of the month for November.

    And the youngster is thrilled to pick up the accolade.

    He said: "It's an honour for me to be named player of the month. It's a fantastic time. I'm very happy. The most important thing, apart from individual awards, is also winning trophies together."

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