CR7’s reputation in jeopardy
The Telegraph among others reports that Manchester United do not want Cristiano Ronaldo, the Madeiran-born Portugal captain, back after he claimed the club had ‘betrayed’ him in his interview on TalkTV with Piers Morgan.
Credible sources report that Manchester United are exploring all legal options open to them over Cristiano Ronaldo as the club seeks to terminate his contract and wash their hands of their rebel striker. The Guardian goes so far as to report that the club are looking to sue Ronaldo. The Daily Mail reports that United have started the legal process of ripping up his £500,000-a-week deal without paying him any compensation.
United announced in a statement this morning that they have “initiated appropriate steps” in response to his incendiary interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, in which he launched extraordinary attacks on manager Erik ten Hag, owners the Glazers and the club. United are understood to have appointed lawyers as they explore all options available to them, which could include suing for breach contract depending on what unfolds.
Ronaldo’s blistering tirade (which he has promised for some time) has infuriated and saddened United in equal measure and the 37-year-old’s position has left them with little option but to take swift and decisive action.
It is understood that United do not want Ronaldo back after the World Cup finals in Qatar, where he is due to represent Portugal at the tournament, and that he has effectively made himself a persona non grata at the club and Carrington training base.
CR7’s reputation in jeopardy
Four days ago one well-respected football journalist was speculating where CR7 may go next. His criticism of Ronaldo’s behaviour this season is damning:
Maybe in the showbiz world of Los Angeles, for example, Ronaldo’s star can shine brightly enough to sedate his ego. A move to the east coast, perhaps a late bite of low-hanging fruit in the Big Apple of New York?Luke Edwards, Northern Football Correspondent for The Telegraph
Even in the MLS, though, a pay cut would be needed, which leaves one final option. Ronaldo reportedly rejected a £210m offer to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in the summer.
He thought that was beneath him, but may find he has plunged so low in public and professional perception that this is all he has – one final, lucrative payday in the desert in a small time league he can dominate and still pretend he is one of the best players on the planet.
Either that, or he trains with the kids at Manchester United, an overpaid, over-hyped, petulant, old pro seeing out his days in miserable isolation, hidden from the public glare and attention he craves more than anything else.
That would be a fall from grace as hard as any have suffered but it could happen. Having started the fire, Ronaldo could yet be the only one burnt badly by it.
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