After the “TalkTV” interview

    After the clear criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview, Manchester United is taking consequences. As the “Red Devils” announced on Tuesday evening, the 37-year-old is leaving the club “by mutual consent and with immediate effect”. The English record champions thanked the five-time Ballon d’Or winner “for the immense contribution” he had made, but wanted to focus on continuing the progress of Erik ten Hag’s side.

    Ronaldo, who is currently contesting the World Cup in Qatar with Portugal, had accused United officials and coach ten Hag of “treason” and criticized the Glazer family, who own the club. After the first excerpts from the interview were published on TalkTV, Man United said they wanted to analyze all the facts before reacting to them.

    Mbappé ousts Messi & Ronaldo: The 10 highest paid footballers of 2022/23

    10 Kevin De Bruyne | Man City | $29 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $25M
    Additional income from advertising etc.: $4 million
    Numbers according to “Forbes”

    9 Andres Iniesta | Vissel Kobe | 30 million dollars

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    Salary & Bonuses: $25M
    Additional income from advertising etc.: $5 million

    8 Eden Hazard | Madrid | $31 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $27M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $4 million

    7 Robert Lewandowski | FC Barcelona | $35 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $27M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $8 million

    6 Erling Haaland | Man City | $39 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $35M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $4 million

    5 Mohamed Salah | Liverpool FC | $53 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $35M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $18 million

    4 Neymar | PSG | $87 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $55M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $32 million

    3 Cristiano Ronaldo | United | 100 million dollars

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    Salary & Bonuses: $40M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $60 million

    2 Lionel Messi | PSG | $110 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $65M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $55 million

    1 Kylian Mbappe | PSG | $128 million

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    Salary & Bonuses: $110M
    Additional income from advertising etc: $18 million | According to Le Parisien, in 2022/23 there will be around €200 million in salary and bonuses

    Update 8:02 p.m.: Ronaldo responded to the inglorious and premature end of his second engagement at Manchester United with a declaration of love. “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change,” he said in a statement. Nevertheless, it is “the right time to look for a new challenge. I wish the team every success.”

    When asked if the Red Devils club management tried to force him out of the club, the attacking star replied: “Yes, I felt betrayed and I had the feeling that some people didn’t want me here , not just this year, but also last year.” This included “not only coach” ten Hag, but also “two or three other people in the club”, according to the veteran, whose market value has increased from 45 to currently 20 million euros since the summer of 2021 has fallen. He also has “no respect” for the head coach, “because he has no respect for me. If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”

    Ronaldo, William & Co.: The most valuable free players

    Sean Morrison – Market value: €1.8m

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    Last played for Cardiff City
    (as of November 22, 2022)

    Nicolas de Préville – market value: €1.8 million

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    Last played for FC Metz

    William – market value: €2 million

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    Most recently played for VfL Wolfsburg

    Uros Spajic – market value: €2m

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    Last played for Kasimpasa

    Nikola Maksimovic – market value: €2m

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    Last played for Genoa CFC

    Zakaria Labyad – Market value: €2.5m

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    Last played for Ajax Amsterdam

    Enock Kwateng – market value: €2.5m

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    Last played for Girondins Bordeaux

    Santiago Arias – market value: €3 million

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    Most recently played for Atlético Madrid

    Edgar Ié – market value: €3.5 million

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    Last played for Trabzonspor

    Fábio Martins – market value: €3.5m

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    Last played for Al-Wahda FC

    Artem Dzyuba – market value: €4m

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    Last played for Adana Demirspor

    Cristiano Ronaldo – market value: €20m

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    Last played for Manchester United

    Second stop at Man United ends for Ronaldo: Only played more often for Real

    For the right-footer, who returned to United in 2021 after 18 years for a fee of 17 million euros, this marks the end of his second spell in Manchester. Overall, he played 346 games for the “Red Devils”, in which he contributed 145 goals and 64 assists. More often he ran only for Real Madrid. During his first spell at Manchester from 2003 to 2009, Ronaldo won three championships, the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup under his mentor Sir Alex Ferguson. He then collected more trophies with Real and Juventus Turin.

    In the Portuguese World Cup quarters on Monday he tried to keep the whirlwind away from his national team. “I don’t have to worry about what other people think. I speak when I want to,” he said in his surprising public appearance before the start of the World Cup against Ghana. Everything that revolves around him is “always a debate,” Ronaldo complained. He called for the team to finally be allowed to rest for the World Cup preparations: “Constantly asking about Cristiano is boring. The topic is closed.”

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