Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s unsanctioned interview with Piers Morgan, where he said unsavory things about the club, the Red Devils have finally cut ties with the 37-year-old.
Manchester United announced Tuesday afternoon the decision was by “mutual consent” adding he was departing with “immediate effect.”
In last week’s interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo told the broadcaster he doesn’t “have respect” for team manager Erik ten Hag adding the billionaire Glazer family that owns the club don’t care about results on the field.
Although there were fears Manchester United considered a lawsuit against Ronaldo for breach of contract over his comments, it appears the club ultimately settled on letting him go.
While Manchester United is the third-most-valuable soccer club in the world, worth $4.6 billion, only behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, Ronaldo also placed third on Forbes’ 2022 list of highest-paid athletes, with estimated earnings of $115 million per year—including $55 million in endorsements and other off-field income.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed relative success in his second stint with United having signed in August 2021, clashes with teammates and coaches as well as failure to qualify for this season’s UEFA Champions League instigated an unsuccessful move to leave the club before the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
While Ronaldo might have gotten his wish to leave United, he’s had to kiss goodbye to £16 million as he leaves the club by mutual consent with no compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner might not feel a dent in his bank account though as he promoted a watch brand on his half-a-million strong Instagram page the same day his United contract was terminated.
He showed off a new £124,000 luxury watch design depicting the famous header he scored against the Red Devils while playing for Real Madrid, in a move many fans say is meant to take one final swipe at Manchester United.
The Instagram post announced his partnership with Jacob & Co., a luxury watch brand using his image on the clockface for their designs.
Cristiano’s caption on the post read: ‘I’m excited to announce my partnership with @jacobandco, one of the leading watch brands in the world. Today, we reveal our first watch collection that I co-designed with my dear friend @jacobarabo’.
The luxury timepiece is bedecked with jewels while also boasting sapphire crystals and gold print. On the back, an image can be seen of Ronaldo doing his famous “Siu” goal celebration.
There are no less than four versions of the watch, with the cheapest costing £23,931 and the most expensive selling for £123,927.
Cristiano Ronaldo won three league titles with the Red Devils during his initial spell with the club, before moving to Real Madrid, where he won two LaLiga titles and four Champions League trophies. In two spells at Old Trafford, he scored 145 goals in 346 appearances.
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